Wednesday, July 02, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, June 18 2008] OECD Sees Internet as Crucial for Economic Progress

World experts discussed ways to use the Internet as a driving force for the recovery of the global economy at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy which opened in Seoul on Tuesday.

In a welcoming address, President Lee Myung-bak stressed that the Internet should be a place for trust. "The spread of false and incorrect information through spam e-mails abusing anonymity is threatening people's rational thinking and trust," he said. "The most urgent policy challenge for the Internet industry is to secure trust in transactions that are essential for the Internet economy to continue growing."
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 18 2008] Telephone Terror Targets Newspaper Advertisers

Small and medium-sized businesses that advertise in the Chosun Ilbo and other conservative newspapers are being hounded by activists who take exception to the dailies’ reportage on the protests against the import of U.S. beef. One victim is the owner of a travel agency with three staff, who on Tuesday was forced to cancel a contract for a 45-seater charter bus he had signed three days earlier. He offers a package tour costing W23,000 (US$1=W1,024) per traveler but, unusually, nobody applied. Over the last five days, he chartered only three buses with less than half of the seats filled. "I can't understand why I've been driven into this state,” he said. “I wish somebody would explain it to me."
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 17 2008] Skype to Work With Korean Tech Firms, Chief Says

At a press conference at COEX convention center in Samseong-dong, Seoul on Monday, Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype, called Korea a "wonderful market" for his company thanks to its high Internet penetration rate and sophisticated Internet users.

The world's leading Internet phone company boasts some 390 million subscribers worldwide, including 1.5 million in Korea. Its subscribers can make both domestic and overseas calls free of charge between themselves, and video telephony is also available.

Silverman also talked about his company's plans to work with Korean companies to develop a phone that can connect directly to the Internet without using a computer and applications that will enable Internet calling on mobile phones and personal media players.
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 13 2008] Old Cheong Wa Dae Intranet 'Should Be Shut Down'

The National Archives of Korea demanded on Thursday the e-Jiwon (digital knowledge park) system should be shut down. It had been the Cheong Wa Dae work management system during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, and Roh staff moved the system along with a mass of illegally copied documents to Bongha Village, where Roh has lived since he left office. “Recovering some 2 million leaked documents is an important issue, but we asked the e-Jiwon system to be shut down first because preventing any hacking was more urgent,” a ranking government official said.
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 13 2008] Student's Blog Takes Baduk to a Global Audience

A Korean professional baduk player has built a blog popular with baduk fans from around the world. Cho Hye-yeon, a level seven-dan player, opened her English-language blog "Full of Surprises" in 2006. As the first blog dedicated to baduk, it has drawn scores of foreign fans enchanted by the mysteries of the ancient game. Visitors from some 50 nations access the blog, linking it to almost all the places in the world where baduk is played.
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 13 2008] LG Display Launches OLED Production Line

LG Display formally launched an organic light emitting diode (OLED) division at its Gumi plant in North Gyeongsang Province on Thursday.
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 13 2008] Samsung Taps Apple for Touch Phone Battle

Touch-screens are all the rage in the global mobile phone market, and this week Samsung Electronics and Apple squared off for a showdown with the simultaneous release of competing new full touch-screen models.
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 12 2008] Will Korea Follow Overseas Internet Crackdowns?

The U.S. and the French governments are cracking down on the dissemination of child pornography, holding Internet service providers responsible for illegal information and pornography distributed across the net. Such rigorous measures are likely to have serious implications for the Korean telecom industry, as KT and Hanaro Telecom would have to bear inclusive responsibility for illegal information roving online.
[The Chosun Ilbo, June 12 2008] Most Frequented News Website is the most visited Korean news site, a recent survey by the Korean Advertisers Association reveals. The association conducted a poll of 2,000 people between the ages of 15 and 70 from March 19 to April 9 which shows that 7.4 percent visited, and 5.8 percent SportsSeoul. The Maeil Business Newspaper and OhmyNews came third and fourth among daily newspapers with 5.3 and 4 percent.

Among websites of TV networks, KBS came first with 7.4 percent, and iMBC second with 5.6 percent. SBS and CBS followed with 5.1 and 1.2 percent respectively. To the question, “Which site did you visit yesterday?” out of all websites including portals, shopping, game, and banking sites, came 12th along with KBS, the highest place for a news website. Naver and Daum, the two major portal sites in Korea, came first and second with 82.5 and 51.2 percent, respectively. Cyworld, a networking blog website, was third with 28.3 percent.