2012 update to the 2007 Cost of Monoculture in Korea
The Economist explains: Why South Korea is really an internet dinosaur
Last year Freedom House, an American NGO, ranked South Korea’s internet as only “partly free”. Reporters without Borders has placed it on a list of countries “under surveillance”, alongside Egypt, Thailand and Russia, in its report on “Enemies of the Internet”. Is forward-looking South Korea actually rather backward?
Please join me at the upcoming Mozilla community meeting in Shanghai on the afternoon/evening of Sunday, December 8th. My presentation will be in English on the topic of community building strategies but I think the bulk of the meeting will be in Chinese.
A draft agenda is as follows (this may change):
3:00 - 3:10 pm Short introduction about Mozilla/Firefox l10n related work
3:10 - 3:30 pm the translation guide lines introduction
3:30 - 3:45 pm break
3:45 - 4:45 pm Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace
4:45 - 5:00 pm break and free discussion
5:00 - 6:00 pm AMO, MDN, SUMO translation, l10n sprint
6:05 - 6:45 pm Gen's speech & QA
6:45 - 7:15 pm Pizza dinner
7:15 - 8:00 pm Movie "Code Rush"
– Event venue
上海市静安区昌平路990号8号楼 联合创业办公社 (延平智阁)
Google Maps link
Please feel free to either show up at the event itself or if you’d like, please leave a comment and we’ll know to look for you. Hope you can join us!
Gady Epstein, who is the China Correspondent for The Economist has put together a large 14-page special report on the Internet in China. I strongly recommend it.
Gady was also on this week’s Sinica Podcast talking about this special report, which I also strongly recommend: Gady Epstein on The Internet (in China)
Special report: China and the internet
China’s internet: A giant cage
The internet was expected to help democratise China. Instead, it has enabled the authoritarian state to get a firmer grip, says Gady Epstein. But for how long?
The machinery of control: Cat and mouse
How China makes sure its internet abides by the rules
Microblogs: Small beginnings
Microblogs are a potentially powerful force for change, but they have to tread carefully
The Great Firewall: The art of concealment
Chinese screening of online material from abroad is becoming ever more sophisticated
E-commerce: Ours, all ours
A wealth of internet businesses with Chinese characteristics
Cyber-hacking: Masters of the cyber-universe
China’s state-sponsored hackers are ubiquitous—and totally unabashed
Internet controls in other countries: To each their own
China’s model for controlling the internet is being adopted elsewhere
Assessing the effects: A curse disguised as a blessing?
The internet may be delaying the radical changes China needs
On December 6th, I will be in Dhaka to speak at Digital World 2012,in the Digital Entrepreneur Conference in the afternoon. Please don’t hesitate to say hello if you are also attending
Back in 2007, I published the cost of monoculture, a blog post that was the first English-language explanation of the situation in South Korea where a series of independent decisions created a de facto monopoly for Microsoft Internet Explorer. The blog post was widely covered in 2007, in Salon, Slashdot, Boing Boing, etc.
Fast forward 5+ years to the late part of 2012 and basically nothing has changed. In fact, things are so bad in Korea that a candidate for the President of Korea, Ahn Cheol-soo, has taken the position that if he were voted in, he would abolish the laws that have locked Korea to Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Ahn Pledges To Wipe Out South Korea’s Outdated Internet Encryption Rule – Korea Real Time – WSJ
Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue • The Register
Sure this candidate is from the IT/software field, but the fact that his platform has this position says that this is still a painful issue for most people in Korea today. It’s stunning that the Korean government has not proactively moved away from Active-X plugins when Microsoft themselves are deprecating this technology in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.
Posted in Asia, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Korea, Microsoft, Mozilla, News, open source, open web, plugins, politics, security
The Korea Times has a new article on the popularity of Google Chrome in Korea.
In Korea, though Internet Explorer is still overwhelming other top browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Maxthon, Chrome is beginning to emerge as a possible contender.
In April 2011, 91.93 percent of Korean users used Internet Explorer, while only 4.33 percent used Chrome. Some had never even heard of others browsers used overseas.
In April this year, Chrome accounted for 13.88 percent of domestic users, the only browser to reach the double digits to challenge Internet Explorer’s 78 percent.
Chrome gaining fast against Explorer
While it’s encouraging to see that browser competition in Korea is changing, I don’t understand this comment about “toolbars.”
Another downside of Internet Explorer, besides the need to agree to an authorized certificate for monetary transactions is the need to install toolbars. To access popular Web portals such as Naver or Daum, users are required to install provided toolbars, which are now considered cumbersome by those who have other new options open to them.
Chrome has the advantage of not needing tool bars, unlike Internet Explorer and Firefox, among others.
I don’t understand the requirement to download a toolbar in order to access a website. Is this a real requirement or just an attempt by the portal to push their toolbar onto the user? Maybe my Korean readers can help explain this?
Chit and Thanyawzinmin (Tin Aung Lin) from the Mozilla community in Myanmar recently represented Mozilla at BarCamp Mandalay. Please go over to Chit’s blog to read all about it!
This is the formal announcement for a meetup of the Mozilla India community at GNUnify ’12 in Pune, the weekend of February 10-12. Mozilla will participate at GNUnify on Feb. 10 and 11, and the India community meetup will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12th.
- Friday, February 10 – Mozilla participation at GNUnify ’12
- Saturday, February 11 – Mozilla participation at GNUnify ’12
- Sunday, February 12 – Mozilla India community meetup in Pune
The goal of this meetup on Feb. 12 is to gather the India community together for a number of objectives including:
- establish the community structure
- build road map for 2012
- identify priorities for the community
- bring together key localizers and other core and active contributors (including ReMo)
- promote Mozilla in India
Arky and Axel from the l10n Drivers will be attending. I will be attending. We also hope to get a member from Developer Engagement to attend. More info to come when we have it.
Anyone who is active in the Mozilla India community is welcome to join this event. As Mozilla will not be providing any funding to attendees, we selected Pune as this location is home to the Red Hat team which has a number of key localization team leaders and members.
We will do our best to accommodate online participation via IRC but this will depend on local connectivity at the venue which is not yet determined. Information about the weekend will be posted here:
Vineel is helping to organize the weekend but we would love help from Mozilla community members in Pune for local support and knowledge. If you can help Vineel with planning, please contact him directly or post to the Community-India mailing list or Google Group interface.
The planning for the event will be discussed on the Community-India list (see above) so please join the list to participate.
See you in Pune!
Mozilla Japan will be hosting their developer event this weekend in Tokyo. Some portions will be streamed in English on UStream. Please see the details below for viewing remotely.
A live broadcast of the event will be available at these times:
January 20th (Fri) 17:00 – 18:00 (PST)
January 20th (Fri) 20:00 – 21:00 (EST)
January 21st (Sat) 1:00 – 2:00 (WET)
The following is a list of sessions available for live broadcast:
Opening/Special Talk Session (60 min.):
Pursuing Dreams – Technology and Creation from an Open Mind
(Navigator: Satoko Takita of Mozilla Japan, Jun Murai of Keio University)
(Guest: Tomotaka Takahashi as Robot creator)
Panel Discussion (90 min.):
Raise Golden Eggs! – Discussing the Future Education Style
(Moderator: Kaoru Takeuchi as Science Writer)
(Panelists: Mark Surman of Mozilla Foundation, Kim Jones of Curriki, Shinpei Toyofuku of GLOCOM)
Session (50 min.):
The Future of HTML5 and Web Technology – Overview of the Latest Web Technologies for Everyone
(Presenter: Chris Heilmann of Mozilla Corporation)
Session (50 min.):
The Current and Future of Web Standards
(Presenter: Tantek Çelik of Mozilla Corporation)
Session (50 min.):
(Presenter: Andreas Gal, Chris Jones of Mozilla Corporation)
Lightning Talk (60 min.)
Following are other URLs for the event as your reference.
Mozilla Vision 2012 (English web site)
Mozilla Vision 2012 (Japanese web site)
Posted in Asia, browser, community, events, Firefox, Japan, mobile, Mozilla, News, open source, open web
Thanks to Gunnar from the Mozilla Foundation, Arky from the l10n team, and Mark West from the East-West Management Institute in Cambodia, Mozilla was able to co-sponsor the Open Cambodia workshop in late August.
The event is a specialized, exclusive session for local Open Sourcers – bloggers, coders, and designers who share the Open Source ethic – to attend before Bar Camp. This session is a unique opportunity to learn about the relationship between Open Source and civil society issues, such as: protecting the Open Web from Internet censorship, the benefits of continuing to develop “indigenous” (Khmer) Open Source tools, and using web-based Open Source security tactics to improve data collection for both the public and private sector. This event is a special, exclusive opportunity to spend two days with these American experts leading into late October’s Barcamp meeting.
The largest Cambodian online news source, Sabay, covered the event as did the Cambodia Daily (English.)