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Line messaging app plans multi-billion dollar IPO

Sources close to Line Corporation, operator of the popular Line messaging application, confirmed today the company plans to go public with an initial price offering of up to $3 billion in Tokyo and New York. The Line app, which offers free text messaging and voice calls from mobile devices as well as PCs, is one… Read More

South Korea breaks filibuster record fighting new surveillance bill

Politicians in South Korea have set a new record for a filibuster – an attempt to time out the passing of new legislation with verbose speeches – in its determination to oppose a new anti-terrorism bill which they believe threatens personal privacy for the country’s citizens. 38 liberal members of the National Assembly spoke for… Read More

Samsung’s Korean robot factories aim to cut dependency on China

It’s interesting to note how much the automation cold war is being fuelled not by superior advances in the opposition’s technology-set, but by the fact that China is in a position to throw real people at production-line problems that it can’t yet solve without involving them, despite being keen to maintain its edge in eliminating… Read More

Cracking the citizen: a warning from South Korea about National IDs

The ‘Queen of re-identification’, Harvard Professor Latanya Arvette Sweeney, has just published an interesting set of findings regarding the vulnerability of the system that South Korea uses to uniquely identify its 50+ million citizens – and believes that those proposing new ‘Citizen ID’ systems in the United States and elsewhere should take note of the… Read More

Notel media player helps North Koreans skirt censorship

A small portable media device, costing roughly £32, is allowing North Koreans to access and view foreign media despite tight government censorship, according to a Reuters report. The ‘Notel’, a mashup of notebook and television, is being described as a symbol of change in the repressed society. Used to watch DVDs and shared content from USB… Read More