Singapore is gearing up for a future where media and IT are increasingly intertwined, with a new technology blueprint that is expected to be unveiled in 2015.
The Government announced on Tuesday that it has formed a 14-member committee to develop the blueprint, which will outline the direction Singapore will take in the IT and media industries till 2025.
The Infocomm Media Master- plan Steering Committee will look into areas such as research and development, and manpower and infrastructure development.
Chaired by Mr Koh Boon Hwee, chairman of private equity fund Credence Capital, it will also examine ways to groom Singapore's infocomm companies into global leaders, and recommend programmes in which IT and media can improve the way citizens work and live.
It will release its recommendations in mid-2015. While the previous Intelligent Nation 2015 masterplan - conceived in 2005 - focuses on boosting adoption of IT among consumers and businesses by 2015, the new 10-year masterplan will take advantage of opportunities created by the growing convergence of the IT and media sectors.
"This convergence has changed the way we live, work and play," said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim during the opening of the Infocomm Media Business Exchange trade show on Tuesday.
"Young children in school are benefiting from interactive textbooks that integrate videos and animation with text to stimulate thinking. The revolution brought about by YouTube and iTunes now means people expect instant, on-the-go access to entertainment and information, as we enjoy books, videos, music and television programmes on our mobile devices."
Mr Clement Teo, senior analyst at technology research firm Forrester, said the committee can consider initiatives to spur the development of services and apps that take advantage of the nationwide fibre broadband network in areas such as e-learning.
"The nature of education will change, as students will increasingly learn using their mobile devices. Hence, we'll also need to change the way we teach and structure our classes," he said.