Star 2007, I world like to give sincere thanks to all those who have shown deep concerns and support for this event.

"My dream is for the whole world to work together to enable everyone to enjoy sanitary, cultural, and environment-friendly toilets." Toilets are essential to the proper disposal of waste and water management. Nevertheless, they are often eclipsed by broader social issues such as 'sanitation' or 'public health.' Even in everyday parlance, toilets are typically alluded to, rather than referred to directly. However, by emphasizing the central and crucial role toilets play in daily life, proper sanitation, and hygiene, the WTA seeks to propel the topic of toilets to the forefront.

What do UMC, USN, LBS, RFID, and IVS all have in common? They are all new acronyms brought in to plague us by the new technology or Radio Frequency IDentification technology (RFID). At the RFID/USN 2007 Conference and Exhibition which started on October 31 of this year, these acronyms and more were explained.

Recently, some real 3D display technologies have been developed to display a life-like 3D image in the real space having an image quality comparable to that of the high-definition 2D image without requiring the viewer to wear any special glasses. As a promising real 3D display technology, holographic 3D, volumetric 3D and spatial 3D displays have been actively researched and developed. Among them, holographic 3D displays already discussed in the previous column, so that volumetric and spatial 3D displays are introduced in this column.

In the standpoint that Chungnam crosses half of the entire relative importance of Korea's display-related product's export amount as of 2006, the 3rd CVCE (Crystal Valley Conference & Exhibition) 2007 to be held from Nov. 6th to 8th is forecast to serve as a meaningful international conference as well as exhibition in nurturing Chungnam display cluster and presenting Korea's display industry's development & its future.

For the first time in mankind's history a new Community generation (Gen- C) is growing up with permanent, 24-hour support of friends, colleagues and community. The umbilical cord or the "lifeline" is the cellphone and the secretive cryptic connection method is SMS text messaging. It is not the only way they connect, in fact, the youth of today is inherently multitasking on multiple platforms from videogames to social networking sites to blogging and instant messaging. Nevertheless, one form of communication reigns supreme, and that is SMS text messaging.

Korea and Japan both have the reputations of being two of the most wired nations in the world. Japan is number three in total number of broadband subscribers, with 26.5 million according to latest reports. Korea as well is fourth with 14.1 million broadband subscribers. The United States and China are first and second, mostly due to their overwhelmingly large populations compared to other countries. However, the profitability of investing so much money into Internet infrastructure is still questionable.

For NEXON, this year's hot issues at GStar 2007 are likely to be the online version of CounterStrike, as well as the signing ceremony which has acquired service copyright development in four Asia countries on July, this year. There will also be an animation production- related announcement, and publishing new production title demonstrations as well as main booth stage announcements.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parents' Choice Foundation announced on October 29 the creation of the Sandbox Summit: A Playdate With Technology. The conference and exhibition will debut at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas, running from January 7 to 10, 2008.

The ministerial IT meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will be held next year in Seoul for the first time since it was held in Ottawa ten years ago.

The Ministry of Information and Communication of Korea announced that they will hold the OECD ministerial meeting for the future of internet economy at COEX in Seoul, on the 17th to 18th of June 2008 keeping an eye on the fact that internet has been becoming the basis of all economic activities.

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