South Korea

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. 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.

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

Through the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights project, APC will facilitate national initiatives and support human rights campaigns in ten countries across the globe where opportunity, capacity and momentum already exist.

South Korean civil society statement on NETmunidal
South Korean civil society statement on NETmunidal 06 May 2014

This statement, supported by APC member in South Korea Jinbonet, observes that NETmundial was “a successful experiment, providing a cornerstone model for making internet public policy decision-making processes more transparent, democratic and cooperative,” despite its shortcomings.

Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action
Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action 08 July 2013

On 30 June Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA has tapped 38 embassies and missions in Washington, D.C. including the South Korean Embassy. The government of South Korean needs to take action on behalf of its citizens, who are among the victims of this global scandal. Jinbonet has translated into English its call to action on behalf of civil society in South Korea.

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

On 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, ruled unconstitutional by the country’s highest court.

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

South Korean communication media training and education centre MediAct is in danger of being shut down by the conservative government in Korea. This democratic centre has played a key role in democratising Korea’s media since the end of the dictatorship and has trained thousands of people on media production as well as developing many policy proposals that have changed Korea’s mediasca...

The Seoul declaration
The Seoul declaration 24 June 2008

This is the statement issued by civil society, gathered at the OECD ministerial conference on the future of the internet, which ended on June 18. It says: “The policy goals for the Future Internet Economy should be considered within the broader framework of protection of human rights, the promotion of democratic institutions, access to information, and the provision of affordable and non-...

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. However, no one would call a nation a ‘leading country of the Internet’ solely on its strong information technology base and IT ind...

APC's executive director to address OECD ministers in Seoul
APC's executive director to address OECD ministers in Seoul 15 June 2008 Karen Higgs

Anriette Esterhuysen, executive director of the APC, is one of the speakers at an OECD ministerial meeting on the future of the internet being held in South Korea on June 17-18. Over thirty ministers have confirmed they will attend the Ministerial, along with leaders from international government organisations, business, organised labour, the internet’s technical community and civil society.