· January, 2011

Stories about South Korea from January, 2011

Egypt Protests 2011 in Seoul, South Korea.

  31 January 2011

Korean and Egyptian activists held a protest together in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Seoul today. Several local media published articles on today's demonstration which titled ‘ A Protest for Mubarak's Withdrawl and Egyptian's Freedom’. The Financial News posted five photos of the protest(Click the black box below article).

A Korean Vessel Rescued from Somali Pirates, Worries of Retaliation Grow

  24 January 2011

Last Friday, South Korean special forces successfully rescued its 21 crew members who had been held as hostages by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. Prudent net users have raised worries over possible retaliation and complaints against mainstream media for neglecting important domestic issues and the efforts of the individuals who have actually saved the crews.

Korean Gov Enforces Its Privacy Regulations on Facebook

  21 January 2011

Faceboook has agreed to make adjustments on its privacy regulation in Korea as the company rules have failed to meet domestic internet laws. The change may mean more protection on users privacy, but any Korean Facebook users first need to consent to gathering and usage of personal information. South Korea's...

Korea: Twitter Launches Korean Service

  19 January 2011

Twitter is available in Korean language starting from today. Korean Tweeters have welcomed the news. Twitter's co-founder, Evan Williams introduced Korean Twitter via twitter(@ev). It was available only in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese, prompting some Korean Tweeters to use Twtkr or Twit Bird.

‘Korean War’ in Cambodia

  18 January 2011

Mary Kozlovski, writing for The Phnom Penh Post, writes about the reported boycott spearheaded by South Korean tourist operators against a popular North Korean restaurant in Cambodia. The restaurant is owned by the North Korea government.

North Korea: Drugs Rampant, Even Among Teens

  17 January 2011

North Korean insiders and defectors have testified that drugs are widespread in North Korea. Most recent reports told that drugs are popular gifts among teens and even ordinary middle-class citizens are frequently abusing them.

North Korea: Public Complaints Continue to Mount

  11 January 2011

North Korean insiders have reported that in the midst of ongoing food shortages and with the succession in progress, more North Korean people are expressing their complaints about Kim family, wrote[ko] Daily NK, a Seoul-based North Korean think tank and online media.

Japan: Ryuichi Sakamoto Experiments with Social Music Experiences

  9 January 2011

Ryuichi Sakamoto, one of Japan's most respected musicians, is experimenting with new ways for fans to enjoy his music with skmtSocialproject. His piano concert held in Seoul today was broadcast on Ustream and 410 venues around the world voluntarily held ‘live viewing’ events. Other big name artists to have used...

North Korean official twitter and website hacked

  8 January 2011

Intense cyber attacks were inflicted between South and North Korea. Sparked by one South Korean net user posting an insulting poem about the Kim family on the North Korean official website Uriminzokkiri, North Korea fired back with a DDOS attack. Today, South Korean hackers have allegedly attacked the North Korean government's official twitter account.

North Korean Twitter Account Hacked by S.Koreans

  8 January 2011

South Korean hackers have allegedly attacked North Korean government's official twitter account @Uriminzok, filling the timeline with harsh slurs about North Korean regime, S.Korea's citizen media Wiki Tree reported[ko] with a screenshot image of @urimizok timeline Twitterer @Tkaraq007 posted. It added verification is still needed since N.Korean account is blocked...

Korea: Poem insulting Kim family posted on NKorean Govt Website

  7 January 2011

It was revealed that a poem cursing Kim's regime was posted on the North Korean regime's official site for two days and was read by several hundreds, Free North Korea Radio[ko], a South Korea-based radio station runs by North Korean defectors initially reported[ko]. South Korean net users discovered an evidence...

North Korea:Kim Jong-un's Birthday Approaches, More Analyses Came Out

  6 January 2011

As North Korea's heir apparent Kim Jong Un's birthday (Jan.8) approaches, more analyses and predictions are made on the regime's prospect. Daily NK, a Seoul-based online media which exclusively deals with North Korean issues with using North Korean insider's comments as major source, released an analysis before Kim's coming birthday.[en]

North Korea: Kim Jong-il Said Mt. Baekdu Will Erupt in 2016

  4 January 2011

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is allegedly to have said “Mt. Baekdu will erupt in 2016” and urged mine workers to produce iron ore when it is available, PSCORE(People for Successful COrean REunification), a human rights group founded by a North Korean wrote[ko] in its website. Korea Times provided a...

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