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ICT4D Resources on the Republic of Korea

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Total population 
                                             
48,860,500(July 2012 est.)          
                              
Literacy rate
97.8% (2002)
GDP per capita

USD 32,100(2011)

Computers per 100 inhabitants

81.80
Fixed-line telephones per 100 inhabitants

60.90

Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants 108.50
Internet users per 100 inhabitants
83.80
Domain names registered under '.kr'
930,485 (2007)
Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants
30.2 (2007)
Internet international bandwidth
49,766 Mbps

Source: Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009/2010

Country Profile (OpenNet Initiative)

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

ICT at a Glance (The World Bank)

ICT in Education (UNESCO)

ITU ICT EYE

Informatization and Promotion Committee

Juicy Details of Korean e-Government (Korea IT Times)

Korea's e-Government Portal

Korea Communications Commission (KCC)

Korea Information Society Development Institute

National Information Society Agency

General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The Economist's Country Briefing

The World Factbook (CIA)

Resources on E-Co Hub

Best Practices in E-Government of Korea

Best Practices in E-Government of Korea

This booklet contains Korea's best practices in e-government that you may find useful. The Korean government considers e-government a crucial means to make the government more competitive by leveraging the world's best information technology infrastructure including broadband Internet. Its focus on e-government over the past decades made Korea rank first among all UN member states in the UN E-Government Survey for three consecutive terms in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

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2016 Building Better Governance

2016 Building Better Governance

This book aims to introcuce in detail the 28 model cases of Korea's public services under the theme of people's happiness, the vibrant economy, and efficient public service, so that civil servants around the world and those working for international organizations that devote themselves to government innovation and sustainable development understand Korean government's efforts on public governance innovation.

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The Good Governance Guide_Korean Case

The Good Governance Guide_Korean Case

This Guide is a collection of exemplary practices of governance in the Republic of Korea, meant to provide greater awareness of various governance practices adopted by the Korean government. Good governance requires the transparency and accountability of governments, which not only allow citizens to benefit from government services but also encourage them to fully exercise their rightful citizenship.

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E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

E-Government for Women's Empowerment in Asia and the Pacific

As governments transition towards e-government in Asia and the Pacific, there is growing acknowledgement of the role that e-government could play to harness ICTs for women’s empowerment and gender equality. However, much of e-government policy and implementation still do not take into account the differentiated access to, and impact of, technology for men and women. Recognizing the potential of e-government for women’s empowerment, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) undertook a project in 2014–2015 on “E-Government for Women’s Empowerment in the Asia Pacific”, in partnership with the United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG). The project aims to enhance knowledge and awareness of good practices of gender-responsive policies, programmes and strategies in e-government, in order to help build the capacity of governments to harness this tool towards women’s empowerment.

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UN-APCICT organizes Expert Group Meeting on Social Media and Disaster Risk Management

UN-APCICT organizes Expert Group Meeting on Social Media and Disaster Risk Management

In an effort to foster multi-stakeholder dialogue and exchange of experiences on how to effectively utilize social media in the different phases of disaster risk management, APCICT organized the “Expert Group Meeting on Social Media for Disaster Risk Management” on 7-8 April 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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UN-APCICT promotes capacity building in the use of ICT for inclusive and sustainable development

UN-APCICT promotes capacity building in the use of ICT for inclusive and sustainable development

On 25-28 November, UN-APCICT will hold the Regional Dialogue on ICTD Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Annual Partners Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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UN-APCICT participates in the Incheon International City Forum

UN-APCICT participates in the Incheon International City Forum

On 30 October, UN-APCICT participated in the Incheon International City Forum held at Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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9th Session of UN-APCICT’s Governing Council convenes in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 October 2014

9th Session of UN-APCICT’s Governing Council convenes in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 October 2014

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) will organize the 9th Session of its Governing Council in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 October.

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Analysing South Korea's ICT for Development Aid Programe

Since the year 2000, there has been a significant growth in the ICT4D component of South Korea's aid programme. Given Korea's ICT capabilities and demands for ICT4D support from developing nations, this may make good sense. This paper, though, analyses a little deeper, starting to ask some initial questions about underlying perspectives and actual performance. It provides an overview of ICT4D expenditure levels, programmes, and key actors. It then reflects field data to date, which suggests some question marks over Korea's telecentre projects, some potential inequity in impacts, and a focus on Korean production of ICT goods and services. It analyses Korean ICT4D in terms of some basic concepts to find it associated with technological-determinism and techno-optimism, with the modernisation paradigm, with tied aid, and with the potential for creating dependency. However, Korea may not be unique among ICT4D actors in this and, in some ways, its techno-optimism may be a useful counter to the techno-pessimism that seems to have infected some Western donors. It concludes by noting some recommendations for Korea's ICT4D programme, and reflecting that Korea may be representative of a wider new wave of ICT4D donors such as India and China which may not follow quite the same line as Western donors.

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UN-APCICT promotes ICT for development human capacity building in countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa

UN-APCICT promotes ICT for development human capacity building in countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa

On 15-18 April 2014, APCICT organized a Capacity Building Workshop on E-Government, Information Security and Privacy in collaboration with the Telecommunications Technology Association of the Republic of Korea and the African Development Bank for 26 government officials and policymakers from 9 countries in Asia-Pacific and 6 countries from Africa.

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UN-APCICT promotes ICT for development education for youth in Asia-Pacific

UN-APCICT promotes ICT for development education for youth in Asia-Pacific

On 15-18 April, 2014, UN-APCICT organized its Regional Training of Trainers Workshop on Primer Series 2 on “Project Management and Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD)” and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of the Primer Programme in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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UN youth programme creates future ICTD leaders

UN youth programme creates future ICTD leaders

United Nations ICTD human capacity building centre, APCICT, organized its Second Partners Meeting of the "Primer Series on ICTD for youth" on 10-13 December 2013, aimed at enhancing training in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD) for young people in the Asia-Pacific region.

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8th Session of APCICT’s Governing Council convened in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 12 December 2013

8th Session of APCICT’s Governing Council convened in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 12 December 2013

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT) organized the 8th Session of its Governing Council in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 12 December 2013 to review the progress and accomplishments of the Centre.

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Iraqi Delegation on South Korea Study Tour visited APCICT on 6 December 2013

Iraqi Delegation on South Korea Study Tour visited APCICT on 6 December 2013

A delegation of over 13 officials from Iraq visited APCICT on the 6th of December of 2013 to learn more about APCICT’s ICT human capacity building programme.

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Conjoint analysis for mobile devices for ubiquitous learning in higher education: The Korean case

Despite the increasing importance of mobile devices in education, the essential features of these devices for ubiquitous learning have not been empirically addressed. This study empirically investigated the necessary conditions for using mobile devices as an educational tool for ubiquitous learning in higher education by a conjoint method. The results show that respondents want to use Window-based large-screen devices for their educational purposes; thus, current tablet PCs might not be suitable in terms of screen size and type of platform. The findings also implied that potential users want to receive ubiquitous access by using advanced cellular networks, but they do not need comprehensive functions related to office documentation on their mobile devices. Therefore, this study suggests that both policy makers and business players consider developing the optimal educational mobile device as soon as possible for the successful dissemination of ubiquitous learning.

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APCICT encourages local youth to pursue careers within the International Community

APCICT encourages local youth to pursue careers within the International Community

APCICT presents to local-Incheon area High School students about career opportunities across the globe.

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APCICT holds regional workshop on disaster risk management and climate change abatement

APCICT holds regional workshop on disaster risk management and climate change abatement

Looking to enhance climate change and disaster management capacity, over forty government officials and international organization representatives join APCICT workshop in the Republic of Korea.

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APCICT Curriculum Supports e-Government Training of Officials from Morocco

APCICT Curriculum Supports e-Government Training of Officials from Morocco

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT), a regional institute of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) continues to support ICT human resource capacity building and strengthen partnerships with regional stakeholders.

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Korean Experience of Overcoming Economic Crisis through ICT Development

The Republic of Korea experienced serious economic crisis a decade ago and ICT development contributed greatly to overcoming Korean economic crisis. Korea’s experience shows how information and communications technology (ICT) can be used for overcoming the global economic crisis. This paper is organized as follows: 1) the 1997 economic crisis and the role of ICT, 2) the result of ICT development right after the economic crisis, 3) major tools to develop the ICT sector, 4) background of successful government ICT initiatives, and 5) implications from the Korean experience.

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u-Korea Master Plan: To Achieve the World First Ubiquitous Society

This plan begins with a review of the Republic of Korea's progress and achievements in informatization since the 1990s. The plan aims for a friendly government that meets citizens' needs; intelligent land that bring intelligence to the national infrastructure facilities; regenerative economy that strengthen competitiveness of existing industries; secure and safe social environment; and tailored u-Life services that provide customized services for individuals. To meet these objectives, implementation strategies and actions are provided.

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Human Resources Development for Knowledge Economy - Republic of Korea

Human Resources Development for Knowledge Economy - Republic of Korea

This is an ADBI-produced CD-ROM that examines the changes in human resources development policy in the Republic of Korea. This presentation was originally presented by Moon Hee Kim from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Republic of Korea, at the Workforce Development for Knowledge Economy Workshop on 7-13 September 2005 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The objective of the workshop was to review major technological innovations, their impact on the international labour force and the skills mix required by knowledge workers.

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Good Practices in Information and Communication Technology Policies in Asia and the Pacific: Promotion of Enabling Policies and Regulatory Frameworks for Information and Communication Technology Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

Good Practices in Information and Communication Technology Policies in Asia and the Pacific: Promotion of Enabling Policies and Regulatory Frameworks for Information and Communication Technology Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

This study is intended to be a resource for ICT policy planners and decision makers, and offers policy-oriented perspectives on ICT policy formulation and implementation in the Asia-Pacific region In preparing for the study, fact-finding missions were fielded to India, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea, followed by a regional seminar on enabling policies and regulatory frameworks for ICT development in the Asian and Pacific region held at Bangkok in December 2003 and an ESCAP/ITU regional training workshop on enabling policies and regulatory frameworks for ICT development in the Asian and Pacific region held at Bangkok in May 2004.

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The Road to $20,000 GDP/capita: IT 839 Strategy

The Road to $20,000 GDP/capita: IT 839 Strategy

The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication formulated the IT 839 Strategy to help Korea stay ahead. Under the Strategy, new IT services are to be introduced and promoted to encourage investment in network infrastructure, which aim to provide synergic effects with cutting-edge devices, equipment, software and contents.

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e-Government Roadmap: Republic of Korea

This presentation provides an overview of the vision, objectives, strategic direction, agenda, roadmap, priority tasks, and action plan for e-Government in the Republic of Korea.

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e-Korea Vision 2006: The Third Master Plan for Informatization Promotion (2002-2006)

e-Korea Vision 2006: The Third Master Plan for Informatization Promotion (2002-2006)

The vision aims to guide the Republic of Korea towards an information society, focused on promoting national informatization; advancing the information infrastructure; and strengthening international cooperation. Strategies include: building ICT capacity; advancing e-commerce; investing in the public sector; transforming the legal system; ensuring safety and reliability; and promoting the IT industry.

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ICT for DRR the Korean Case

A presentation made by Dugkeun Park, Ph.D. from the National Institute for Disaster Prevention National Emergency Management Agency during the international conference "Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction" on 11-13 August 2009, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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