4 CNM graduate TAs bag teaching awards!

This semester, another four of CNM’s teaching assistants flew the CNM flag high by winning the Graduate Students’ Teaching Awards. Our heartiest congratulations go out to:

1. Ms Anuradha Rao
2. Ms Carol Soon
3. Miss Siti Nurharnani Binte Nahar
4. Mr Joshua Wong

Well done everyone, you’ve made CNM proud!

Graduate student Wang Rong receives internship award with IDRC

CNM graduate student Wang Rong has been granted an internship award at the Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) programming unit within the International Development Research Centre. IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works closely with researchers to build healthier, more equitable and prosperous societies in developing regions.

Rong’s accepted proposal is titled “Information and Communications Technologies-Mediated Environmental Movements in Rural China: Reconstructing the Power Relationship between the State and Society.” This project will adopt a network perspective to identify how rural participants are aware of ICTs’ role as a potential tool for organising social movements, how they adopt ICTs for environmental movements, and what concerns rural activists have about ICTs. It will also examine how the local and central governments respond to these environmental movements. Finally, this study will explore whether such ICTs-mediated environmental collective action can be considered as a type of civic engagement that could reconstruct the power relationship between the state and society, and how it can be enhanced so it can more effectively contribute to China’s democratisation process.

We wish her the very best!

CNM students get together for MILK

In this season of giving, a group of CNM students are working for the first time with Gosh! Advertising in a pro bono video project for Mainly I Love Kids (MILK), a local charity supporting underprivileged children around the region.

Led by Gosh! Creative Director James Mortimer-Roberts and colleague Monique Ang, 8 CNM undergraduates will be spending their Saturdays in ideation, storyboarding, engaging MILK with their creative ideas and finally producing a corporate video of 5 minutes that MILK will present to current and prospective sponsors and partners in 2011.

Watch this space for more updates on the project.

CNM Profs interviewed by The Straits Times

Both A/P Lim Sun Sun and Dr. Ingrid Hoofd were interviewed in a Straits Times article recently that questioned the impact of cybercampaigns on elections with Singapore’s upcoming General Elections.

All the academics interviewed felt that while the online battle was a worthy attempt, the socio-political context of Singapore and the nature of the Internet do not help political parties win the votes.

A/P Lim reasoned that unlike the US, Singapore’s electoral laws do not permit paid advertising of political parties and online fund-raising, so any online presence tends to be purely informational. Besides, ‘likes’ or ‘fans’ on Facebook speak little about people’s actual association with the groups in reality.

Dr. Hoofd pointed out that new and social media are narrow-casting technology that not only fails to reach everyone but creates a disconnection of individuals behind their own screens. In order to galvanise people, face-to-face discussions are still needed to build trust.

Read more about what colleagues from other institutions have to say on this.