South Korea

Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang
Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang 02 April 2018 Namita Aavriti

Interview with Y. K. Chang, who has recently been appointed as a Personal Information Protection Commissioner in South Korea – one of the first few women from civil society to reach this position within government in the country and possibly the region. GenderIT.org interviewed her on her journey, her ambitions for her new position and what she sees as the grave problems regarding privacy and security, especially for women. Namita Aavriti (NA): Tell us a bit about yourself, your years of wo...

Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back
Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back 20 March 2015 Jinbonet

Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet, especially because of the lack of transparency and the difficulty in raising awareness among users. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance. Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet, an APC member, has joined with human rights orga...

Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (APC-LASIR)
Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (APC-LASIR) 11 March 2015

The Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project aims to empower national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet. APC will facilitate national initiatives and support human rights campaigns in ten countries across the globe where opportunity, capacity and momentum already exist. How will we do it? With the support of the Ford Foundation, APC will engage with...

Victory for freedom of expression in South Korea
Victory for freedom of expression in South Korea 07 September 2012 AL

Photo credit: Emmanuel Dyan; CC BY 2.0 LicenceOn the 23rd of August 2012, South Korean digital rights organisation Jinbonet won a long struggle. For the last five years, the APC member group fought an internet real name system regulation. The Constitutional Court ruled unanimously against this regulation, that is part of a larger law known as “the network act”, arguing that it is unconstitu...

South Korean gov't threatens public media centre MediAct - join the protest
South Korean gov't threatens public media centre MediAct - join the protest 28 January 2010 MediAct

Support for MediAct, Public Media Center in South Korea MediAct has played a key part in the democratisation of Korea’s media system since the end of the dictatorship, trained thousands of people in media production, and developed many successful media policy proposals to open up Korea’s mediascape to diverse voices. MediaAct has trained many people in social movements in Korea, inc...

The Seoul declaration
The Seoul declaration 24 June 2008

OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy
OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy 18 June 2008

According to the official website, “ministers and stakeholders who met on 17-18 June 2008 in Seoul considered social, economic and technological trends shaping the development of the Internet Economy. They forged broad principles that can provide an enabling policy environment for the Internet Economy”. APC member endorse a statement and APC member in Korea, Jinbonet, issued a press...

Internet powerhouse, Korea? Shame on its internet policies!
Internet powerhouse, Korea? Shame on its internet policies! 16 June 2008 Jinbonet

The OECD ministerial meeting on “the Future of the Internet Economy” is being held in Seoul, Korea from June 17th to 18th. The Korean government seems to use this meeting as an opportunity to show off its advances of the Internet technology and promote “IT Korea global sales” by hosting the World IT Show and other similar events. However, no one would call a nation a ...

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