08 April 2019
There was a very lively debate at the recently held Straits Times Education Forum.
Participants of the forum, which was held at the Singapore Management University School of Law Building, discussed the phenomenon of “people farming”, where information gleamed from social media interaction is amassed and sold for a profit, often without transparency or accountability.
The Straits Times Education Forum is organised by The Straits Times and supported by SMU, and this year is its fourth edition.
National Junior College student Eliora Joseph, speaking during the debate on entrepreneurship at the same forum, said that “companies are profit-driven and will prioritise revenue over more important things like privacy.”
Social entrepreneur Sumitra Pasupathy said: “Businesses do harm when they’re not considering the good for all.”
She added that entrepreneurs should be driven by purpose, have people as the priority and be supported by policies that promote good organisations through resources and capital.