Monday, February 4, 2013

Synergies expected from new "Super Ministry" 미래창조과학부

As reported in the Seoul Shinmun,(Korean language article) as part of a series on the proposed government reorganization under President-elect Park Geun-hye, the convergence of the fields of science and technology with information and communications technology (ICT) is expected to create synergies leading to future growth engines.  As the article puts it, "The field of science and technology together with the field of ICT in the Ministry for Future Science Innovation are like the two wheels of a bicycle.  (Note:  The foregoing is my translation for the English name of the new ministry.  The Korean does not translate well literally and the official English designation for the new super ministry has not yet been announced by the government.)
The article goes on to note that the proposed new super ministry indicates that the transition committee for restructuring of government is placing more emphasis on the expectation of a synergy effect between science and technology (S&T) and ICT than on worries about so-called "dinosaur ministries."
This news seems to clearly indicate that the incoming government of President-elect Park Geun-hye has a broad understanding of the concept of digital convergence.  In other words, the incoming government appears to be signalling its recognition that convergence is a broad, multi-faceted and pervasive phenomenon, not limited to the ICT sector and the well known convergence between broadcasting and telecommunications.   Instead, digital convergence is a reality that affects all industries, organizations and groups in society, both now and in the future.

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