Digital Development in Korea-2016

"Digital development in Korea" describes several aspects of my current (SUNY Korea 2016 academic year) work.  It is
  • The title of my 2011 book with Dr. Myung Oh, as briefly described below.
  • A main subject of the new Stony Brook University course, EST 230 - Information and Communications Technology for Sustainable Development, offered for the first time at SUNY Korea Spring semester 2016 as part of a new specialization for undergraduates.
  • The focus of my ongoing research, supported in 2015-16 by a grant from the Etnews ( and, aimed at updating our 2011 book.
Digital Development in Korea:  Building an Information Society (with Myung Oh) London: Routledge, March 2011.  This book examines the role of digital information and communications technology in South Korea's development over the past three decades.  It describes the revolutionary developments of the 1980s including the TDX electronic switching system, a major surge forward in semiconductors, the start of privatization and color television and the thoroughgoing restructuring of Korea’s telecommunications sector. The book further explores government leadership, the growing private sector and international trade pressures in the diffusion of broadband, mobile communication, and convergence toward a ubiquitous network society. The role of education in these developments is explored in detail, along with both the positive and negative aspects of Korea’s vibrant new digital media. The book also looks at Korea’s growing international involvement, its role in efforts to build a world information society, and finally, its future place in cyberspace.  The Routledge web site contains additional information about the book.
I thought readers of this blog might be interested in some of my personal reasons for co-authoring this book.  Five of them are as follows (click on the hyperlink to read the full blog post on each of the reasons):

Reason 1- Lack of Any Competing Books
Reason 2- History
Reason 3- Language
Reason 4- The Book Format
Reason 5- The Review Process