Public servants' computers crippled, cut from internet from May 2017

A year from now, you'll hear 100,000 people in the public service sector scream in agony

There's a disturbance in the Force, as if 100,000 voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced on the internet.

All computers issued to Singapore public servants will be restricted from the internet, starting from May 2017. We can only imagine the despair going through their heads when they read the memo, circulated amongst government agencies, ministries and statutory boards, announcing this internet restriction.

The reason? Mainly to plug leaks of confidential information through emails and shared documents. While most public servants are spared from this clampdown for a year, it has already drawn first blood from an early group of employees from the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) since April 2016.

Not all hope is lost though. There will be terminals with access to the internet, which begs the question if public servants will be queuing for those systems for work or personal use.

That said, public servants can continue to access the internet from their personal mobile devices. You'll have to be more tactical about using your phone for the next #foodporn Instagram post or some innane commenting on Facebook. Gone are the days when you can do the same thing on your work computers and seem as though you're working.

The biggest downside, however, is that public servants will be spending more data per month on their smartphones or tablets when they're taking a break on the internet. If you need more data to tide you through the month, we've got you covered.

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[Source: Straits Times]