Monday, December 5, 2005

Broadband Peneetration and Participatory Politics

This is a paper from the Proceedings of the 37th hawaii International Converence on System Sciences - 2004, the authors are Heekyung Hellen Kim, Jae Yun Moon and Shinkyu Yang.

As this paper only examines the potential impart of the Internet on the political process in a young democracy, Roh Moo-hyun’s (盧武鉉, official bio, Wiki), victory on Dec 19, 2002, only little information regarding the political system could be extracted.


  • The success of the Roh Moo-hyun was due to the support from “generation 386” (an acronym that stands for people in their thirties (3) who participated in the student movement in eighties (8) and were born in the sixties (6))

  • A societal shift from the industrial to the “information age”

  • The first true one-to-many communication technology

  • If people had equal access, the Internet had real potential to bring “new” individuals into the political process

  • It was only 10 years ago that Koreans had the first civilian President by a democratic election after three decades of military dictatorship.



Contributed by Avis.

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