Matthew Weigand

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Matthew Weigand is a journalist and information technology professional who has lived in South Korea for the past 7 years. He sees himself as an information broker. He exports information in the form of English language news articles about what goes on in the technologically-advanced peninsula, while also importing the latest in open, accessible web standards and practices into the walled garden of the South Korean corner of the Internet. With a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and an avid curiosity he manages to somewhat keep up with the latest technological, social, and political issues related to this global communication system we all use, and does his small part to make it work better for those around him.

Stories from Matthew Weigand

MUNICH, GERMANY- Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is providing its secure software platform to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the country’s largest financial institution to enable secure contactless payment transactions with the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. In its capacity as trusted service manager (TSM), G&D will handle personalization of the virtual credit card installed in the smartphone and manage the card along its entire life cycle. 

LONDON, UK - TechNavio, the independent London-based global research firm, today announced the publication of its research report on Global LTE Smartphones Market. The report finds dominance of HSPA/HSPA+ technology as a major challenge to the Global LTE Smartphones Market. The findings are for the forecast period 2014-2018.

In this month's magazine, reporter Matthew decries the state of the Korean web design business, saying that Korean web sites are ugly and difficult to use. He says that there is too much Flash, that the pages are inaccessible, and that it should change to be more appealing to international visitors. But is he right?

Han Moo-sook
Preserve of Peace in the Center

SEOUL, KOREA - As I step through the gate of the Hahn Moo-Sook House, one thought hits me.

The Korea IT Times has moved to a new server. If you are seeing this story, you are on the new server.

There is a disturbing global trend happening now - well, disturbing if you live in a Western country, not so disturbing for someone in Asia. Everything is moving to Asia. The manufacturing, the money, and the jobs are all going over here. And soon enough, the innovation will follow.
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When someone claims that he has discovered a third system in the human body on par with the circulatory and lymphatic systems, it tends to raise red flags. After all, there haven't been any hot anatomical discoveries since the 18th century. Such a claim sounds a bit like claiming to have discovered a new continent or an additional property of triangles. Talk to any anatomy professor and you will observe the unique confidence of a master of a completely known field of knowledge.

Software is not just a simple commodity, despite the fact that you can go to the store and buy software in little boxes. It is more like frozen expertise, wrapped up in a neat little package. It is also a type of communication, and a work of art. And while Korea has no lack of expertise, the country struggles with both international communication and fostering art.

Choi Joong-Kyung,  Minister of Knowledge Economy

IT Times was able to get some time with Choi Joong-Kyung, Minister of Knowledge Economy, to ask him questions about this Seoul Motor Show 2011. The following are excerpts from the interview with him - Ed.


When walking through the Seoul Motor Show today, you will easily be able to notice something important.

Emanuel Pastreich

The American is wearing a J. Press tweed jacket he bought in New Haven as he sits at the table surrounded Korea government officials and researchers discussing the future of biotechnology and its implications for his adopted home of Daejeon.

A few days ago I had to fly to Japan, and on my way back to Korea I was kindly given the customary immigration entry and customs declaration forms that are so hard to fill out as you're standing in line waiting for your turn in immigration.  But along with the two customary slips of paper I got a third.  It was about information for foreigners regarding the upcoming G20 summit in Seoul.  In Eng


For about thirty years now, Korea has been developing a biotechnology and biomedical research community. This community has been growing and developing and is now at the stage where international research collaboration is an important next step. However, there are some unique problems that the Korean biotechnology research institutes must solve before the community can gain the full benefit that international collaboration can bring.


Why are all the good technological advances still five years away? Robotics that works? Five years away. Ubiquitous computing? Five years. Artificial Intelligence? Its been five years away for decades. Even in the world of medicine, the cure for Alzheimer's and cancer is always five years away. And lets not even start talking about flying cars.

In both scientific predictions and science fiction, the year 2010 is supposed to be a very significant year for technological progress. Something is supposed to change the way we live this year, whether it is flying cars, true artificial intelligence, or workable robotics. However, there is some doubt about whether or not we can truly see something interesting this year, or whether it is all just superstition related to a nice-looking number. What do you think? Will there be a revolutionary new technology this year?

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If you have been following these How To articles over the past year, you might have noticed an online bent. That is because this author has the most experience with web development. This month's topic is going to be how to start up your own web development company.

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Signing Ceremony

On November 17, I traveled down to the Ramada Hotel in downtown Suwon for a special event - the Gyeonggi-UT Innovation Program's Year 1 Signing Ceremony. This was a very important time for a dozen lucky companies in the Gyeonggi Province region.

President Kang Gye-doo of Daedeok Innopolis visited the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club on December 9 to announce his organization's privilege to host the 2010 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) conference in May of 2010. He gave an interesting opening speech, summarizing first the history of Daedeok Innopolis, its role in an innovation ecosystem, and its cooperation with other research institutes and science parks. Then he explained the significance of the IASP event in 2010, and opened the floor for questions.

Ubercart web site

For those of you who have been following this how to column for a while, it has tried to explain in simple terms how to do mostly web site-related tasks. From setting up a simple web site, to installing a magazine site, to a blog, this column has covered it all.

Both India and China are growing, and that is nothing but good for Korea, who can export high-end technological goods to both countries until the cows come home. But which country will win in the never-ending race for a better economy? Will it be India, who is just now opening up its economy after half a decade of inward-looking policy? Or is it China, who beat India to the opening-up punch a few years ago but is also having problems in improving its own economic outlook? Will India eventually end up on top?

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