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Reassessing Korean IT Policy to Link Rural Online: The Missing Gap of Korean Rural E-Readiness

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Authors
Park, Youn-Min
Issue Date
2008-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.15 No.2, pp. 69-85
Keywords
rural-urban ‘digital divide'rural developmentinformation capitalKorean rural communityrural IT policy
Abstract
Enormous efforts to address the rural-urban ‘digital divide’ has been taken by the Korean

government to bring development to rural areas. Despite its extensive achievement its outcomes are

insufficient whereby improvements mainly occur in technology diffusion, while rural residents’

reluctant attitudes and limited IT use remain unchanged. This paper reassesses the case of Korean

rural IT policies using the notion of information capital which requires not only technology but also

other non-IT related elements such as people’s knowledge, capabilities, and social and economic

network to process information use. Korean rural communities’ basic education, welfare services, and

other political and economic capacities are not well prepared to easily react to online activities. Policy

actions must broaden their scope to integrate non-IT related assistance programs, and consider empowering other complementary elements within the broad social capital.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96469
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.15 (2008)
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