Stan Beer

Stan Beer

Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.

Last week I walked into my local Vodafone store set to sign up for a plan with a new iPhone XR. A half hour later, I walked out of the store with an excellent SIM-only plan, but no new phone.

While Australia put paid to the concept of a national identity card in 1986, Singapore boldly went forth and established its SingPass (Singapore Personal Access) system in 2003. Now, the innovative little nation of four million is taking a step further with plans to give every citizen an online digital identity.

The Singapore Government has declared its intention to hire an army of world-class developers and it intends to pay big bucks for them so they don’t go off to work for Google, Amazon and other big name tech firms.

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