Updated: 12/03/2013 02:17

More governance is needed on how the sites with domain '.sg' can be registered: Chairman of GPC for comms and info



More governance is needed on how the sites with domain '.sg' can be registered: Chairman of GPC for comms and info

Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Communications and Information, Zaqy Mohamad says more governance is needed on how the sites with domain 'dot sg' can be registered. 

But experts 938LIVE spoke to feel that stringent control on website registration is unnecessary. 

Our News Desk with more .

Two duplicate websites of the Manpower Ministry were discovered last week with small variations between their web addresses and the ministry's corporate website. 

This has caused some confusion and prompted the ministry to report the matter with the police. 

Currently, anyone can register for a 'dot sg' domain name as long as he produces a valid Singapore postal address and has $50 to $70 to spare. 

Speaking to 938LIVE, Mr Zaqy says it's alarming how easy it is to set up a site with a web address that ends with 'gov sg' 

Such websites are taken to be government websites. 

So Mr Zaqy is calling for a governance committee to look at website registration in Singapore. 

"From the governance perspective, I think when it comes to government websites, I do think that yes we need to improve our governance especially for sites with domain.sg in the sense that these are Singapore based sites where we have greater control on the domain names. Especially for websites that offer services, not just government or perhaps banks, telecommunications and so forth where there is some input of personal data and passwords these are very important." 

Director or Singapore Internet Research Centre, Ang Peng Hwa, agrees that there could be measures in place to prevent confusion. 

At the same time he wonders if this direction is the correct one to take. 

"The more rules you have, the more it gets in the way of starting websites. The more delays you have in setting websites, the worse it is for innovation and for start ups. There is cost to be paid if you try to have more rules." 

His sentiment is shared by Julian Ma, the Managing Director of IT Consultancy firm, Computer Guys. 

"The web is an open platform for all to use, if let's say anyone would want to use it for illegal purposes stuff like that and in general all these are traceable I don't think there should be in any form of control to this kind of registration."

As of last month, there are around 58,550 websites registered with the domain 'dot sg'. 

-By Lim Jia Qi

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