The Role and Impact of Information Technology on the Economic Development of Singapore and its Transformation Into a Digital City

Abstract
Advancement in global technology has brought about the proliferation of digital cities as a new trend in developed countries and a way of developing and improving their economies. A digital city is a city most of whose activities are realized by internet facilities and electronic systems. Such facilities allow citizens to access all offices, internal urban zones, as well as required data from other sources in a reliable and confidential manner. Moreover, digital cities have a common goal; the aim of any digital city is to create a dynamic and sustainable economy as well as to improve the lives of the citizens (Nunes, 2005). Singapore being a small island, using network connectivity to develop its economy as such; has fallen under this category. This research focuses on Singapore as a smart city with emphasis on how network connectivity uplifts the economy of this island. In undertaking the needed analysis, a number of questions were raised and subsequently answered in this regard:

1. What makes Singapore a digital city?
2. How does the network connectivity uplift the economy of Singapore?
3. What is the impact of Singapore as a smart city to its neighbouring countries?
4. What benefits does Singaporeans derive from this programme?

This paper looks into DC2GO, Singapore’s number one digital city guide in partnership with Uzonemedia, which have been used to transform Singapore into a digital city. The amalgamation of several networks such as Tech net, shipping document networks, and electronic court networks has played a vital role in transforming Singapore into a smart city.

Key words
Singapore, Economy, Digital City, Information, Connectivity
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