1. Helvetica Font Updated: Even a well-loved font needs to be updated to stay relevant with changing technologies

“Monotype’s director, Charles Nix, says the typeface needed to evolve to stay relevant in digital contexts. “Typefaces must cope with every manner of output and device: high- and low-res, gigantic and tiny, so looking at the technology of today and the applications that require legible text, the move to Helvetica Now is natural.”

The redesign comes after Google, Apple and other digital companies’ creation of their own, more versatile takes on the typeface that were easier to read on smaller surfaces such as an Apple Watch.

Van Bennekom says, despite its status as a modern classic, the typeface was suffering in the smartphone era. “My first reaction [to the redesign] was: ‘Oh my God?’” he says. “But so many people are interacting with design on their smartphones that Helvetica wasn’t really competing any more.””

Read the full article on The Guardian: Helvetica Now: why the Marmite of fonts was redesigned

 

  1. POFMA Bill: The Law Ministry responds to commentators by saying the new Online Falsehood laws give narrower powers to the government compared with that of existing legislations.

“The definition of “public interest” in the Bill also goes beyond traditional categories to the diminution of public confidence in the performance of any duty, or any function, or any power of the Government or even a statutory board, Mr Singh said.

“These requirements set a very low bar for a minister’s exercise of the extensive powers under the Bill,” he said.

The Law Ministry’s Ms Teo reiterated the point made to Mr Omar that that the powers to be given to the Government under the Bill, and the public interest grounds on which the Government can exercise its powers, “are actually narrower than the Government’s existing powers”.

“In key areas, the Bill narrows, rather than extends, the Government’s powers,” she said in the letter that was also provided to CNA and published in the Straits Times.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: Online Falsehoods Bill narrows, not widens, Government’s powers: Law ministry

 

  1. Tackling online falsehoods: Facebook launches the fact-checking initiative in Singapore to reduce the spread of misinformation, but without removing them entirely to avoid taking on the role as the arbiter of truth.

“Singapore will be the fifth Asia-Pacific country where the social media giant will be working with Agence France-Presse (AFP) — an international news organisation — to “reduce the spread of misinformation and improve the quality of the news people find online”, said Facebook in a media release.

The other Asia-Pacific countries where the fact-checking initiative has been launched are the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Australia.  

AFP will be reviewing and rating the accuracy of stories, photos and videos on Facebook that are being consumed in Singapore. It will monitor stories that are produced in English, Mandarin and Malay.

AFP’s Asia fact-check editor Catherine Barton told TODAY that it will have one dedicated fact-checking reporter at its Singapore bureau, and a regional editorial fact-checking team in Hong Kong. Its global fact-checking network will lend further support.

On what content it will investigate, Ms Barton said: “We select content to investigate based on criteria including editorial interest, how widely something has been shared and whether it has entered public debate. We employ both digital verification techniques and traditional reporting methods in our evaluation and publish our findings on content we deem to be deliberately misleading”.

Tech companies have come under greater pressure to tackle the spread of fake news in recent years, as governments grapple with the threat of deliberate online falsehoods.”

Read the full article on TODAY: Facebook launches fact-checking programme in Singapore; false stories will appear lower in news feed

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