* Date : 2014-02-21
While a rapid development in ICT technologies made our society more convenient, it also caused side effects like personal information leaks. The latest incident, regarded as the country's worst-ever personal data leaks, involving personal information of 15 million customers of three credit card companies, traumatized the entire nation. Nearly a month passed since the incident happened, but the country is still suffering from its aftermath. In the recent five years, there have been 20 incidents of large-scale personal data leaks involving personal data of more than 1 million people. As the situation aggravated with repeated personal data thefts, the government sought to take related measures, imposing punitive penalties including imprisonment of up to 10 years for leaking personal information or illegally distributing it. But many argue that the government should come up with a systematic measure that can fundamentally prevent personal data leaks rather than taking follow-up measures. We will look into the significance of protecting personal information that came to the fore by the latest massive personal data leak incident and find out if there are any alternatives.
Interviewee: Professor LEE Byung-jong, Sookmyung Women's University
Of the current account balance categories, service account balance related to culture and entertainment, or so-called 'balance of trade in hallyu,' posted a surplus for the second consecutive year. After swinging to a surplus for the first time in 2012 thanks to the Korean wave led by Psy's Gangnam Style, the hallyu balance surplus jumped. In particular, last year, the country's culture and entertainment related service balance surplus stood at US$167.1 million, rising 2.6 times from the year before. This was helped by a 13.1% increase in exports of audiovisual services in the music, film, TV sectors including K-POP, Korean movies and TV programs. Amid this, Korea's international broadcaster Arirang TV made inroad into Direc TV, the largest U.S. satellite television provider on Feb. 21. This is significant given many fans of hallyu are watching K-POPs and Korean TV dramas on Arirang TV. We will seek to find out the significance of Arirang TV making inroad into Direc TV, how this will affect proliferation of hallyu and furthermore, improvement in trade balance in culture.
Old palaces are Korea's representative tourist sites. If tourists have been merely enjoying the picturesque beauty of the palaces by strolling in Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung Palace in the past, they can enjoy touring palaces more vividly from now. By downloading Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea's app dedicated for palace tourism, tourists can see the past images of cultural assets with their smartphones via recognition of the signboard at the entrance of a palace. Not only can tourists see the images of people living in the palaces in the old days as if they have arrived in a time machine, but they can also see recreated three-dimensional images of the buildings damaged and no longer exist. In addition, they can see images of blossoming flowers and flying butterflies on the flower wall of Jagyeongjeon at Gyeongbokgung Palace through media facades in the outer wall even in the winter. We will introduce the smart tourism service that offers tourists vivid experiences by enabling them to go back and forth in time to the past and future by integrating ICT technologies in tourist sites.
Movie related computer graphics industry is sharply growing. In case of a Hollywood film, an average of 20-30%, or up to 50% of its production costs is spent on making CG. With Korea emerging as a major CG country lately, the biggest domestic CG company Next Visual Studio has become a frontier in exporting contents by participating in CG works of foreign movies. We will explore the competitiveness of Next Visual Studio which is being recognized abroad, including the U.S., China and Japan for its distinctive CG making programs and technological skills.
Since Kim Jong-un came to power, he set forth the national goal of building North Korea into a sports power and encourage sports to the entire nation. After hosting six international events in the country last year, North Korea is also holding friendly matches by inviting foreign sports stars like Denis Rodman. In addition, it has been actively investing in building new sports facilities such as a ski resort in Masik and horse-riding track. In this week's Bizline, we will find out more about directions of North Korea's sports fostering policy as well as the causes and intentions behind its aggressive sports promotion.