Singapore may be a leader in the global drive to use technology to create "smart" cities, but starting next year, the city-state will be yanking its public servants' access to the internet.
The new policy, set to be fully implemented by May 2017, was aimed at tightening information security and preventing leaks, according to local media. It could affect an estimated 143,000 public officers in Singapore, working in over 16 government ministries and over 50 statutory boards.
"We have started to separate internet access from the work stations of a selected group of public service officers, and will do so for the rest of the public service officers progressively over a one-year period," a spokesman from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) told CNBC.
"There are alternatives for internet access and the work that officers need to do does not change," he added.