Korea Bridges Digital Divide: Korea's IT agency has advice for the Obama administration
Posted in: Digital Divide at 07/04/2009 08:38
Dr. Yeongi Son has a message for President Obama: If you're serious about making broadband a priority, establish an agency dedicated to digital divide issues.
Son runs such an agency in Seoul. Called the Korea Agency For Digital Opportunity & Promotion, or KADO, it has been working to increase Koreans' access to the Internet since the late 1990s. As access has increased--nearly 80% of the general public uses the Internet regularly--KADO has focused on helping people with disabilities, senior citizens, rural dwellers and low-income families get online. These groups have a much lower Internet adoption rate, around 40% combined.