Obama's comments in the HUFS speech were all accurate, and underscored the contrast with his activities the day before, when he visited the DMZ. When asked at a news conference about his impressions of the DMZ visit, Obama replied that “It’s like you’re in a time-warp. It’s like you’re looking across 50 years into a country that has missed 40 to 50 years of progress.”
President Obama's emphasis, both explicit and implicit, on the disparity in ICT development between the two Korea's is timely and deserves even more attention from the press and policymakers. Chapter 8 of my e-book, Telecommunications and Transformation in Korea: A Personal Perspective, makes my own opinion quite clear. The chapter is entitled "From DMZ to Digital Divide: toward national reunification" and amounts to an elaboration on President Obama's point. The e-book is available on a free promotion through March 29.