Monday, February 29, 2016
Korea boasts the smallest digital divide in the world
The Pew survey, which was conducted in 2015, sheds light on an aspect of Korea's internet infrastructure and policies that those of us who pay attention have long known. Through effective public-private partnership and strong leadership, this country consciously and consistently pursued policies, beginning way back in the 1980s, aimed at building a particular type of information society: one that provided equitable access to information services to all Koreans, whether from the nation's large cities or its small rural farming and fishing villages. This is referred to as a 정보복지사회. I haven't yet pinpointed the exact translation of this term, which literally means something like "information welfare society."