The motion toward a paperless Korea not only brings Korea more in alignment with the Green Growth solution for the potential negatives involved with the United Nations (UN) Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) of aligning poverty reduction with sustainable growth it assists in creating new opportunities for technology development, joint ventures and many innovative approaches to tasks such as archiving that have been with us humans since we first began to write and for which the accompanying techniques did not change greatly over thousands of years. The policy is also well supported with international agreements such as the Asia-EU (European Union) alliance for paperless trade. However, u-paperlessness or ubiquitous paperlessness as a reality is a reality under construction.
The international archival culture exhibition (IACE) 2010 took place at the Coex exhibition center in Seoul from June 1 until the 6th. The exihibition was not only an opportunity to invite the public, experts and industry to view changes in Korean and international archival culture over the years. For the wise, the exhibition was also an opportunity to look at alternatives. Many of the technologies at the exhibition are in use in Korea. Certified Electronic Document Authority (CEDA) systems form part of the well established Korean framework for electronic transactions that also regulates policy and mediation and some were on display at IACE 2010.
One of the main deterrents to change in SMEs, towards paperless offices, is that technology can cost money and compliance has been cited by Lim, Sang-won in 2009 at the UNESCAP/UNECE (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific/ United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) high level symposium on building regional capacity for paperless trading, as 'top-down' and with much of the cooperation that does exist that might otherwise be stymied due to mismatches with technology types or timeframe lags for uptakes, is resultant from interorganisational agreements or alliances. The weather forecast for this approach, given that of course someone, somewhere, somehow has to commence the matter of paperlessness, is that a technology uptake gap emerges resultant from a number of factors including cashflow required to switch. Such problems are welcome to those willing and able to build solutions however.
The Internet has been a game changer towards u-paperless Korea, as it has been worldwide. Imposition of regulations making paperlessness compulsory would only hurt industry at this stage so options to reach the goal are restrained, and this may not be the only restraint. What might be fruitful to ponder is how to summon some of the ingenuity gained from survivors of the economic crisis and recovery period and apply the knowledge and techniques of organisational and industrial technology uptake to those industry players that need a hand up and perhaps some more developer interaction for solutions to get to paperlessness.
More of Lim, Sang-won's work can be found here: http://www.unescap.org/tid/projects/da6_symposium_s3lim.pdf