Policing the Internet in South Korea

Policing the Internet in South Korea
Shu Hung
  • 5 august 2008

Former CEO and current South Korean president Lee Myung-bak is at the center of a controversial new set of laws aimed at policing the country’s internet space. Once accused by the Korean blogosphere of supporting foreign beef imports, Lee is fighting back with the Justice Ministry to create a Cyber Defamation Law. The law would guard against what Lee dubs “Infodemics”— inaccurate, widely disseminated information that prompts social unrest. Unsurprisingly, the law has begun to generate the type of government backlash you’d come to expect in a country with millions of online citizen journalists.

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