On the same weekend that my colleague Vladimir Vukićević was wondering about exactly how secure transactions happen over the Internet in South Korea, South Koreans gathered together to discuss the future of the web in Korea and how Korea’s domestic ActiveX problem (discussed in a previous post of mine) could be solved.
Channy Yun writes in to let us know that the Global Web Technology Workshop, held by the Future Web Forum in Seoul, Korea on Mar. 16 was very successful with over 200 attendees and sponsorship from Microsoft Korea, Mozilla Corporation, and Opera Software Korea.
After the presentations by the speakers, there was a panel discussion on the Korean status quo including:
. . . domestic Active X issues and how to solve that problem. All agreed that alternative technologies must be offered and the social and legal changes are essential. According to postscripts of attendee in blogosphere, they could recognize the trend of global web technology and the way for Korea to go in future.
When I came away from Korea last November, having seen the situation first-hand, I was not optimistic. Now, having read Channy’s report, where the attendees and the Korean blogosphere recognize that technology is not the core problem (it may have been initially) but that social and legal changes are critical, I am more hopeful. It doesn’t mean that any future transition to a more standards-based system will be easier, but it’s a recognition of the fact that social and legal changes are as important, and often not as easily implemented, as technology solutions.
I think that a truly open web (where no one is restricted by the operating system or web browser one chooses) in Korea is still a few years in the future, but that goal is now more clearly visible, tangible to the people who want it.
Finally, I’d like to thank Channy, the tireless promoter of web standards in Korea and the main localizer for Firefox in Korea. It is people like Channy who make the Mozilla community so amazing.