Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Around the Blogs: an update

As I haven't had the time to check out what's new in blogs related to Korean new media, it's time to have a quick look at what has happened this fall.

In Korea's Information Society blog James Larson has discussed the following issues this fall:

- A new law which forbids the use of resident registration number on websites because leakage of private data (more about it here)
- Internet addiction of Korean school kids (read more)
- Korean-only Naver: how rejecting Google hinders globalization (read more); more about Google and Korea here; about Google's significance in the world; Google's Android phone and how Samsung and LG will react (here)
- Korean teenagers' preferences about media as surveyed by The Korea Times (read more)
- Samsung Notebook entering the US (see here); iPhone unlikely to enter Korea soon (click)
- KT's IPTV test service
- High broadband penetration (here)
- Korea's game industry (here)

In Web 2.0 Asia Chang-Won Kim has talked about the following issues:

- Cyworld quitting the US (see here)
- Open Web Asia conference: a success, videos (Jason Calacanis and Loic Le Meur), post conference coverage
- The actress Jin-sil Choi's suicide (here)
- Korea TV shopping network selling Mercedes Benz (here)
- Enswer, the Korean video search engine (here)
- Naver as the number 1 email service provider as well (here)
- LIFT Asia conference (here)
- Mugeta, a free mobile game service (here)
- Naver's non-profit work with Starbucks (here)
- Samsung's Armani TV (here)
- Gaming and Korean web 2.0 companies (here)
- Mobile carriers and 3G (here)
- Korean open web movement (here)
- Youtube Korea growing (here)
- WIPI in Korea (here)
- Web addiction (here)
- Cyworld 3D launch (here)

Hanna Cho & Anthony Townsend at Seoul Digital City:

- In-game advertizing (here)
- Microsoft investing in Korean software industry (here)
- Virtual reality golf (here)
- Internet addiction, porn and religion (here)
- Online game exports rising (here)
- Wibro to Uzbekistan (here)
- The suicide of an actress (here)
- OpenWeb Asia (here)
- Law against cyber-bullying (here)

Futurize Korea:

- Google Korea (here)
- Korea & Japan lead in fiber broadband (here)
- Ubiquitous Dream Hall closed (here)
- Nuritkum Square Digital Pavillion succeeding UDH (here)
- Starcraft II (here)
- Korea portal news roundup (here)
- History: 1st computer in Korea (here)
- Video calling not picking up speed (here)
- Korean online dictionary (here)
- Plans of internet anonymity (here)
- RFID package tracking (here)
- WiBro development (here), WiBro music service (here)
- Actress suicide (here)
- Survey on Internet usage (here)
- Online gaming stats (here)
- WiBro alliance (here)
- Google Korea optimistic (here)
- The Telegraph on Korean u-Home (here)
- Internet novels (here)
- E-Sports Industry (here) & E-Sports Federation (here)
- DMB receiver stats (here)
- Cyber etiquette curriculum in Korean schools (here)
- Seoul Declaration on E-Government (here)

Korea's Information Society 한국의 정보 사회

Korea's Information Society 한국의 정보 사회 (24 Sept 2008): "Google's Android Phone: What Will Samsung and LG Do Now?

With the release of the world's first Android phone yesterday by T-Mobile in the United States, following on the success of the iPhone in most of the world, Samsung, LG and other major players in the South Korean market should be prepared to act boldly. Failure to do so could damage the efforts of these companies and others here to maintain a healthy share of the international market for mobile phones and other portable devices. [...]"
Korea's Information Society 한국의 정보 사회: Google and Globalization in Korea (25 Oct 2008)
"The following is a letter to the editor that I wrote, published in the Joongang Ilbo

The Internet itself epitomizes globalization, and there is no more prominent indication of this than Google’s success.

Because the Internet unleashes a flood of information, its users around the world now turn to Google to tame that flood and find the information they need. People in virtually every country of the world now “Google it” to find press coverage, images, videos and more. Nevertheless, there are four nations in the world in which success seems to elude Google. The Financial Times, in an article accompanied by a map of the non-Google World, reported that Google has failed to achieve success in South Korea, China, Russia and the Czech Republic. Here in Korea, the major media have made much of how Naver leads the search market and has so far beaten Google. [...]"