Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Yi-Ling Teo is a Senior Fellow with the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at RSIS. She is part of the Cyber and Homeland Defence Programme of CENS, engaged with exploring policy issues around the cyber domain including international cyber norms, threats and conflict, crime and law enforcement technologies, and smart city issues; strategic communications and disinformation, and national security issues in disruptive technology.
A qualified Barrister-at-Law (England & Wales) and an Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), Yi-Ling has practical experience with international and local law firms in the areas of intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment, and commercial law. Her clients included production companies, technology and innovation companies, creative agencies, and government and regulatory agencies. In her capacity as Senior Faculty and Principal Legal Counsel for the IP Academy at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), she led the team that developed and launched a postgraduate degree programme in IP management, and a specialist certificate programme in intangible asset management.
Yi-Ling holds an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Liverpool, and an LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. She is the author of “Media Law in Singapore”, a pioneering work examining the development of media and communication-related laws in Singapore, alongside the practical management of media issues. Her book is used as a course and reference text by most media-related diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes in Singapore tertiary institutions. Ms Teo has extensive academic experience, having developed and taught courses in media law, intellectual property law, entertainment business transactions, and media ethics at a number of tertiary institutions in Singapore, and in the U.S., Dutch, and Australian university systems.
The development of information and communication technologies poses a growing challenge for national administrations and international organisations. The spread of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and the “Wild West” of social media and on-line platforms requires a truly visionary approach in setting the appropriate level of ambition for future policies regulating these phenomena. How can we prevent risks stemming from the development of technologies from becoming insurmountable problems? How can we ensure an on-line environment that is safe and secure without infringing on the right to freedom of speech and expression? Can exclusively national solutions even be effective or should we focus on international regulations?