Singapore aims to drive digital trust with $36.3M research facility

Singapore is setting up a facility to drive the development of digital trust technologies, such as tools to ensure privacy in data exchange and assess the trustworthiness of digital systems. 

Called Digital Trust Centre, the new facility would drive the nation’s research and development (R&D) efforts in digital trust technologies as well as build the necessary talent, said Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). 

It noted that trust technologies aimed to augment systems in digital trust principles that spanned privacy, accountability, identity, integrity, fairness, safety, and compliance. 

Increasing connectivity, data use, and new technologies have underscored the need for digital trust in global economies, said IMDA. This would require technology to be secure and used responsibly, it said. “Digital trust is the confidence users have in the ability of people, technology, and processes to create a secured digital world,” the Singapore government agency said. 

The Digital Trust Centre will be funded by IMDA and National Research Foundation with an investment of SG$50 million ($36.36 million). Nanyang Technological University has been tasked to establish the centre. 

The new facility would facilitate research by enabling Institutes of Higher Learning and research institutes to build research capabilities in trust technologies as well as facilitate local and international collaboration. 

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