By Kang Shin-who
The predominance of negative and slanderous content on the Internet is about to be seriously challenged. Or such is the intention of Chung-Ang University professor Min Byoung-chul, with his ``Sunfull Campaign.’’
The movement aims to promote a friendlier Internet environment with positive comments and replies to online articles being encouraged.
Min decided last year to start the campaign along with several entertainers including actor Ahn Sung-ki, Yoo Dong-guen and show presenter Kim Je-dong after many celebrities suffered at the hands of Internet bullies, even to the point of taking their own lives.
Kicking off the campaign, Jungang Middle School in Jeju set up its so-called sunfull room where students are encouraged to post only positive replies online. Following this, a total of 181 elementary and secondary schools on the island expressed intentions to participate in the movement along with some 20 schools in Seoul including Bangbae Middle School and Hyewon Girls` High School.
The movement also has expanded to politicians. More than 200 lawmakers signed on to support the campaign. The campaign headquarters plans to declare ``Sunfull Day’’ on 7th Nov. to promote better Internet culture and prevent netizens from being harassed by vicious online postings.
It will collect signatures from 1 million citizens for the movement and the National Institute of the Korean Language will hold a contest for the best video clip, poster and essay to promote the campaign until November 10.