The Info-communications Media Development Authority (Abbreviation: IMDA) is a statutory board of the Singapore government, under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). It was restructured from the former entity Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) in 2016, and officially legislated in Parliament on 18 August 2016. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) was formed in 1999 when the government merged the National Computer Board (NCB) and Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS), as a result of a growing convergence of information technology and telephony.
Intelligent Nation 2015Edit
IDA was in charge of the nation's 10-year infocomm masterplan, also known as Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015), which has since been succeeded by the Infocomm Media 2025 plan. Through iN2015, two key components introduced as part of the Next Generation National Infocomm Infrastructure (NGNII) initiative are, firstly, Wireless@SG—a wireless broadband programme developed by IDA—and secondly, the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN)—a nationwide ultra-high speed broadband network supporting speeds of up to 1Gbs targeted for completion in 2012.
Programmes and initiativesEdit
IDA oversaw and / or participated in a variety of programmes and initiatives across Singapore. A few of the key ones:
- eCitizen portal, Gateway to all Singapore Government services
- Infocomm Talent Portal, One-Stop Infocomm Educational and Career Resource Portal
- Singapore’s e-Government website
- e-Government Leadership Centre
- Personal Data Protection Commission
Student programmes offered include the National Infocomm Scholarship by the Scholarship Secretariat.
Policies and regulationsEdit
- Consultation Papers & Decisions
IDA has four subsidiaries set up to perform specific functions that are beyond IDA's primary role and responsibilities. The subsidiaries are IDA International, IDA International official website, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), and Assurity Trusted Solutions Pte Ltd.
Documents leaked as a result of a data breach, identified the IDC as a customer of the Hacking Team - a provider of intrusion and surveillance software to governments. Commentators have concluded that the IDA is using offensive tools to spy on citizens.  
There are also some possible conflicts with which mainly concern the aspects of Net Neutrality: