Min Byoung-chul, professor at Konkuk University, speaks about a campaign to encourage positive comments online and prevent cyber bullying as one of key lecturers during the International Conference on Digital Culture 2011 at the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Seoul, Thursday.
/ Courtesy of Min Byoung-chul
By Kim Tae-jong
Global experts on information, technology and the Internet gathered for an international conference in Seoul Thursday to discuss how to nurture a more desirable digital culture in the information age.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Security (MPAS) hosted the International Conference on Digital Culture 2011 at the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Seoul.
Professors and experts from global institutes and IT industry participated. They discussed the latest trends and culture in the IT sector and shared their experiences under the theme of “The Digital Culture and Web Accessibility in Smart Society.”
As the first speaker, after the opening ceremony, Kimberly Young, professor at St. Bonaventur University delivered a keynote lecture on Internet addiction and preventive measures against it.
Kang Young-woo, vice chair of the World Committee on Disability and a former policy advisor of the National Council on Disability to the United States White House, shared his own experiences in the work to promote the online accessibility for the disabled in the U.S.
As the last keynote lecturer, Min Byoung-chul, chairman for the Sunfull Movement Campaign Office and professor at Konkuk University, introduced the campaign launched in 2007 to encourage positive comments online and prevent cyber bullying.
In the afternoon, participants were divided into two groups and the focus was divided into two different issues ― “smart digital culture and its adverse effects” and “information accessibility in a smart society.”
Kim Nam-seok, vice minister of the MPAS, said information culture is a key barometer of the level of digital world and social development.
“To fully prepare for the smart society, the government will secure 24 billion won in 2014 and push forward its plan to come up with countermeasures against Internet addiction, improvement in information accessibility for the poor and information education for the public,” he said.