Thursday, September 25, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, September 24 2008] Chosun Ilbo Sues Daum for Copyright Violation

The Chosun Ilbo last Friday filed a lawsuit against Internet portal Daum Communications with the Seoul Central District Court seeking W1 billion in damages for copyright violation (US$1=W1,149).

The newspaper says Daum kept some 100,000 news stories, file photos and illustrations on its database and opened them to the public online beyond the deadline permitting it to store the material. This permitted readers to copy them illegally.
[The Chosun Ilbo, September 23 2008] SK Broadband Launches New Corporate Identity

Hanaro Telecom is now called SK Broadband, and the company’s president Cho Shin on Monday met reporters after announcing the launch of the new corporate image. "With the new company name beginning with 'SK,’ we're going to introduce packages combining Internet phone, super-speed Internet and IPTV as well as super-speed Internet service through a distribution network including SK Telecom agencies,” he said. While admitting that the firm surrendered the top position in IPTV to its rival KT by a narrow margin, he said this was “a temporary phenomenon.”
[The Chosun Ilbo, September 23 2008] 76 Pro-N.Korea Websites Working Overseas

The National Police Agency is monitoring a total of 76 pro-North Korea websites overseas. According to data on the NPA submitted to Grand National Party lawmaker Lee Bum-rae of the National Assembly's Public Administration and Security Committee, of the websites with servers abroad, 31 in the U.S., 19 in Japan, 13 in China, 4 in Germany, and 9 in other countries.

Some pro-Pyongyang websites reportedly use disguised domain names, such as " center," "...Korean music," "," "," "...baduk," or " agency," instead of names that are easily indicative of North Korea.
[The Chosun Ilbo, September 23 2008] Gov't Staff to Be Barred from Commercial e-Mail

All government employees will be banned from connecting to commercial e-mail sites on their office computers starting Oct. 1 to prevent important government information from being leaked or hacked in the process of exchanging e-mails. Government employees can keep commercial e-mail IDs for their private use on their personal computers at home.
[The Chosun Ilbo, September 23 2008] Gov't Staff to Be Barred from Commercial e-Mail

All government employees will be banned from connecting to commercial e-mail sites on their office computers starting Oct. 1 to prevent important government information from being leaked or hacked in the process of exchanging e-mails. Government employees can keep commercial e-mail IDs for their private use on their personal computers at home.
[The Chosun Ilbo, September 22 2008] Google Exposing Thousands of Korean ID Numbers

A query of Excel documents under “residence registration number” on the Internet search engine Google generates some 6,900 results, most of them containing national identification numbers. One search result shows a file containing the ID numbers and mobile phone numbers of the 2006 steering committee of an elementary school in Busan. The document had already been deleted from the school’s website, but the Google search results showed the intact file. Another file showed the names and residence registration numbers of 933 people. The file, apparently medical records, listed even the weight of patients.
[Chosun Ilbo, September 19 2008] IPTV Test Service Gets Underway

KT started a test service of the Internet protocol television on Thursday, including real time broadcasting of KBS1 and EBS. The full commercial service will be launched from as early as mid-October. KT in a press conference at the Korea Press Center on Thursday announced it launched a test service of “Mega TV,” its IPTV service, for 200 members, servicing 12 channels including KBS1, EBS, home shopping channels, and movie channels such as Catch On and Sky HD.
[Chosun Ilbo, September 18 2008] KTF to Release 'Seo Tai-ji Phone'

A phone named after Korean top musician Seo Tae-ji is coming out. KTF announced its plans to launch a music phone and a video phone made in collaboration with Seo next month.

There have been phones named after celebrities, but this is the first time a star actually participated in the making of contents such as video clips, alarm tone, fonts, and ringtones. Seo composed the ringtones and the sound that comes out when turning the phone on and off and made an alarm tone featuring his voice. Images of Seo are also on display.
[Chosun Ilbo, September 16 2008] 95% of Households Have High-speed Internet

Korea is living up to its image as one of the most wired countries with almost every household having access to the high-speed Internet.

According to the Korea Communications Commission, 620,000 more households subscribed to high-speed Internet services as of the end of July this year, bringing the total to over 15 million or around 95 percent of all households

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

[Chosun Ilbo, September 16 2008] N.Korean Media in Regime Loyalty Blitz

The people of North Korea will protect and honor their socialist regime no matter if “the rest of the world changes 100 times,” Radio Pyongyang claimed Monday in part of an apparent campaign to bolster the regime’s grip on power amid rumors of the ill-health of leader Kim Jong-il. The Rodong Shinmun, the organ of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, allotted a whole page of Sunday’s edition to emphasizing loyalty to Kim and solidarity among the people.
[Chosun Ilbo, September 12 2008] Samsung to Boost production of OneDRAM

Samsung Electronics plans to expand manufacture of next-generation memory semiconductor OneDRAM, a fusion of two types of semiconductor -- mobile DRAM and dual-port RAM -- in one DRAM that reduces power consumption and enhances data processing speed.
[Chosun Ilbo, September 11 2008] Online Healthcare Era Begins

The era of long-distance healthcare is starting. One example is a long-distance healthcare system called "Touch Doctor" introduced by IT firm LG CNS on Wednesday. Using home devices, patients can measure their own blood pressure, blood sugar, electrocardiogram and fat mass and connect the devices to Touch Doctor, a computer monitor-like device, which will transmit the information to a professional nurse at a healthcare center via the Internet.
[Hankyoreh, September 23 2008] [Editorial] Uniting against media suppression

Nine organizations composed of news media professionals issued a statement yesterday titled “An Emergency Declaration by Korean Media Professionals in Defense of Popular Sovereignty and Press Freedom.” Groups that joined in authoring the statement include, among others, the Korea Journalists Association, the National Union of Media Workers, and the Korea Producers and Directors Association. Together, they called for members of the media to join in defense of press freedoms and fight the suppression of the media on the part of the administration of President Lee Myung-bak.
[Hankyoreh, September 20 2008] [Editorial] Fight for press freedom at KBS continues

Approximately fifty career television producers held a protest at KBS yesterday to defend public broadcasting. They are individuals who joined KBS in the late eighties and are all now in positions of responsibility within the broadcasting company, and they called on younger journalists and producers to join the struggle. This confirms the gravity of the situation there.

These are the producers that worked to transform KBS from its image as a broadcaster that was biased towards the dictatorships, and would dutifully begin the news at the top of the hour with coverage of what President Chun Doo-hwan had done that day, to “the most trusted news media” that it has become today. They say they are taking action because they “believed there was common sense agreement” about what public broadcasting should be, but that “public broadcasting is about to be crumble because of capital and those in political power.”
[Hankyoreh, September 20 2008] [Editorial] The debate about Roh’s website

Former President Roh Moo-hyun has opened an “Internet debate site” called “Democracy 2.0.” In his introduction to it he writes that the “key values of mature democracy are debate and compromise, and we must develop communication in civil society to promote those. I’ve created this site in the hope it creates civil space for dialogue that is free and has depth.”

Close aides of Roh denied that Roh is maneuvering to re-enter politics, saying he will not even be directly participating in the online debates at the site.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Samsung and Armani published a cell phone for night life
It's called "Night Effect" and it is supposed to be a perfect outfit for young and cool people. Read about it in Digitoday (September 22, 2008, in Finnish).
[Hankyoreh, September 17 2008] S. Korea asks media for restraint in reports about Kim Jong-il

Gov’t appears worried about upsetting inter-Korean relations, and is perhaps hoping to evade responsibility for its own speculative reports

The government has taken the unusual step of asking the news media to refrain from speculations about North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s health.

“The government is of the view that the reporting of unconfirmed facts does not help inter-Korean relations,” said Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho-nyoun in a press conference on September 16.
[Hankyoreh, September 16 2008] National Assembly Research Service critical of proposed Internet ‘real name system’

Gov’t should protect anonymity of cyberspace rather than promote system that could destroy freedom of expression, report says

The National Assembly Research Service released yesterday a report raising doubts as to the effectiveness of a “comprehensive real name system for the Internet” currently being pushed by the government and Grand National Party.

Through its report entitled “Points of Contention of the Internet Real Name System,” NARS said that arguments by netizens and many experts that the system, which would make mandatory the use of real names on material posted on the Internet, could destroy freedom of expression and the culture of free debate in cyberspace were persuasive. It said many were skeptical as to whether it was desirable to regulate the Internet by law or policy.
[ News, Culture, September 5 2008] KBS World, Arirang TV connect Korea to world audiences

Autumn in My Heart, Winter Sonata and Full House. These are some of the famous Korean television dramas that have won worldwide popularity among international viewers and created the Korean wave, or "Hallyu."

Behind the international success of these dramas among overseas viewers, are the two major broadcasters -- KBS World and Arirang TV.

KBS World, the international television and radio service of Korea's public broadcaster the Korean Broadcasting System, comprises KBS World Radio and its satellite TV broadcasting system overseas.
[ News, Culture, August 28 2008] Culture Ministry shows reporters slice of real Korea

A delegation of European journalists has been invited to Korea for a six-day press tour planned by the Center for Fine Arts (CFA), Belgium's leading culture center.

The delegation, composed of journalists from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, arrived in Seoul on Sunday (Aug. 24) to learn and experience the true essence of Korean culture.
[ News, Culture, August 14 2008] Modern Korea through foreign press

The biggest news in Korea since national liberation (Aug. 15, 1945) was of course, the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948. Korea celebrated the official inauguration of the Republic exactly three years after regaining freedom from 35 years of Japanese rule.

The major world press was mostly hopeful regarding the fledgling republic, launched with the backing of the United States. At the time the U.S. World & World Report, commented that a unified Korea, if possible, would be achieved by Syngman Rhee (1875-1965), and the freedom-loving Koreans. The demarcation line that followed the 38th parallel of latitude from west to east came into existence right after the end of the Second World War, leaving the country divided into two with the southern part of the Korean Peninsula occupied by U.S. troops and the northern zone under the Soviet Union. Rhee was the first president of Korea from 1948-1960.

[ News, Culture, September 11 2008] Old French map attests to Korea's ownership of Dokdo

[ News, Culture, August 13 2008] Dokdo to be highlighted during National Liberation Day
[ News, Culture, July 7 2008] Korean wave spreads to Iran

By Shirley Han Ying
Journalist at Press TV, Iran-based English-language TV Network

From clothes to hairstyle, pop music to TV dramas, Korea has been affecting the life of many Asians in recent years, now even in Iran.

Mohammad Fazaeli turned on TV and started watching the tele-drama at home with his whole family. It was the latest hit series on Iranian State Television - a Korean blockbuster.
[ News, Culture, June 27 2008] E-culture event to celebrate Korean IT culture

The Seoul e-culture festival, the first public event to celebrate the country's IT culture, will make its debut in Seoul Plaza, City Hall for two days on July 7 and 8. E-culture aims to bring the usual offline activities of arts and other performances into the online scene to suggest a whole new way of experiencing of cultural activities.

The festival is jointly hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, University of Seoul and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea Cultural Contents Agency and IT-related businesses such as local search engine giant Daum.
[ News, Culture, June 19 2008] Film depicting father-son N. Korean defectors to open


Despite a growing number of North Koreans who risk their lives to find asylum in South Korea, the refugee issue has rarely gotten attention in the media here, much less on the silver screen.


Crossing, directed by Kim Tae-kyun deals with the miserable reality faced by North Korean defectors. It is based on the true stories of dozens of North Korean defectors, including some involved in the March 2002 incident in which 25 defectors pushed their way past Chinese guards into the Spanish Embassy in Beijing.
[ News, Culture, June 4 2008] Hanbok DVD to be distributed abroad

A television documentary about the traditional Korean costume called Hanbok will be included in a DVD-set to be distributed to opinion leaders around the world.

Gwangju Munhwa Broadcast Corp, the Gwangju branch of one of Korea's major broadcasters, said Tuesday (Jun. 3) that the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) had included its documentary film on Hanbok in the 2008 Korean Contemporary Film DVD-set.