Goh, Seow Hiong
Goh Seow Hiong has been in the Singapore public service for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Rajah & Tann, he was the Deputy Director of Infocomm Development Policy of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). He was also the Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of IDA and supported her in corporate matters and other pre and post merger issues in the creation of IDA. Under Infocomm Development Policy, he headed a division to establish strategies and approaches to public policy and development policy issues in the field of Infocomm, and was responsible for formulating e-commerce policies and legislation, removing policy barriers faced by Infocomm industry, providing for consumer concerns and addressing emerging policy challenges in the new digital economy (including managing the licensing of certification authorities in Singapore). He coordinated Infocomm policy issues at the national level and worked with other government agencies, international organisations and foreign governments with a goal to establish Singapore as a trusted hub and an advanced Infocomm society. He regularly represented Singapore at various international forums on e-commerce policies. He was also Singapore’s lead negotiator for the areas of telecommunication services and electronic commerce in a Free Trade Agreement negotiation with another country. In addition, he held the concurrent appointment of Deputy Director for Infocomm Security, where he headed an office responsible for the technical security programmes at the infrastructure, government and national levels, and was responsible for planning and protecting the critical Infocomm infrastructures in Singapore. His office provided security consultancy services to both the industry and Government. Prior to the creation of IDA in 1999, Seow Hiong led a team responsible for the e-commerce initiatives at the then Singapore National Computer Board (NCB), where his group encouraged the use of e-commerce to the businesses and to the general public. He was also then the Principal Staff to Chief Executive and Chairman of NCB.
Seow Hiong is experienced in the process of establishing the legal and policy IT and e-commerce frameworks in Singapore to facilitate the development and growth of the e-commerce and Infocomm industries in Singapore. He was one of the key persons that drafted the Singapore Electronic Transactions Act, its Regulations and Security Guidelines, the Evidence (Computer Output) Regulations and the amendments to the Computer Misuse Act. He continues to be actively involved in various inter-Ministry working committees on the legal and policy matters relating to IT and e-commerce such as data protection and Internet content, and has also spoken at events organised by various international forums such as WTO, WIPO, OECD and ASEAN on the IT, e-commerce, intellectual property and other developments.
Executive Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs