SEOUL, KOREA – South Korean President Park Geun-hye returned to South Korea on Sunday, ending her 4-day state visit to China. Many view that her visit has succeeded in shoring up South Korea’s relations with an important neighbor and creating new upward momentum for the stalemated negotiations on a South Korea-China FTA and for Korean companies’ participation in China’s interior development policy “Western Region Development project.
Seoul, Korea - Act on Promotion of Cloud Computing and User Protection (‘Cloud Act’) is finally going to be introduced to the National Assembly in September. A system that will verify the safety of private cloud computing service is also to be introduced.
SEOUL, KOREA – The South Korean government will scale up its efforts to promote the purchase of electric vehicles (EV) in the private sector. The government will expand government subsidies on EVs, which have been limited to the public sector for the past 3 years, to the private sector.
Seoul, Korea - MSIP held the Frequency Allocation Policy Advisory Committee meeting on the 25th and collected the expert opinions on the two remaining options on the allocation of frequency for the last time.
Seoul, Korea - According to the sources, Ministry of Trade. Industries & Energy (MOTIE) recently delivered its official opinion to Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP) and opposed the establishment of IT Technology Promotion Agency (tentative name) within MSIP, citing that the role of the Agency overlaps with the roles of other organizations located under the MOTIE, such as Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT).
SEOUL, KOREA - As many of the government-led projects of digitalizing public institutes are using foreign open-source software, many are voicing their concerns that the government should revise its policy as it is only benefitting foreign vendors.
SEOUL, KOREA – Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) will pay a visit to South Korea next week. Since the US ICT has recently ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics in the Apple-Samsung patent dispute, his visit to Korea draws attention.
SEOUL, KOREA – Revelations by NSA contractor Edward Snowden of a program called Prism to sift data from US web companies have raised fears over online privacy in parts of Asia as well. Whatever the truth, the reliance of Asian officials on e-mail services, offered by US web giants like Yahoo Inc and Google, highlights how vulnerable they are to eavesdropping, according to Reuter.
SEOUL, KOREA - The optimized midnight bus routes will be set up by utilizing Big Data technology. And comprehensive information on regional and age-specific trends of major epidemic diseases will be established as well.
SEOUL, KOREA – Inter-Korean authorities talks, initially scheduled for today, was cancelled at the eleventh hour as South Korea and North Korea failed to narrow their differences on the level of top delegates to represent each side at the inter-Korean authorities talks.
SEOUL, KOREA – Celebrating the 26th anniversary of the June Democracy Movement on Monday, South Korea President Park Geun-hye said that the Korean government will press ahead with its economic democratization policy without delay.
SEOUL, KOREA – Tax incentives will expand in order to galvanize R&D investments by the public and private sectors. National strategic technologies will be developed to create new IT-based industries and basic science researches will be promoted.
SEOUL, KOREA – The Obama administration has begun helping Middle Eastern allies build up their defenses against Iran’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons, and will be doing the same in Asia to contain computer-network attacks from North Korea, according to senior American officials.
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