In South Korea, where many crimes and suicide cases have been caused by slanderous messages posted on social websites, the country’s telecommunication authority has deployed an act which obligates the Internet user to publish his/her real name when uploading a video or leaving a comment on large social networking sites.
The authority expanded its scope of application on April 1st, YouTube Korea[K] was also added as one of the websites to which the act should be applied.
After discussing with Google World Headquarters, Google Korea[K] refused the authority’s request on the grounds that anonymity is essential to guarantee freedom of expression on YouTube, and the company disabled any video uploading and commenting instead.
YouTube’s Korean Edition (Top Page)
Google started Google Maps Korea on November 25th. Goole was not providing map service in Korea before. Google’s presence is much lower than their presence in the US or Japanese market.
Google Maps Korea will be very helpful for overseas travellers, because they can use the service with their familiar Google Maps interface, even though the map itself is written in Korean.
We hope that many Korean startups will create mashup services using Google maps API.
*Other map services in Korea
Many Korean portals, including Yahoo! Korea [KR] or Paran [KR], are already offering map services.
Yahoo! Korea map (so called ‘gugi’) can overlay traffic situation on the map. you can see traffic situation in Seoul and other cities realtime. Colored lines in the map indicate traffic situation on the road.
Paran is providing a map service using a system of GEOPIS which has been offered a map service in Korea. By drawing a line on the map, users can make their own map. Also, they can upload and share movies about cafe, restaurant and so on.