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Matthew Weigand

Matthew Weigand is a journalist and information technology professional who has lived in South Korea for the past 7 years. He sees himself as an information broker. He exports information in the form of English language news articles about what goes on in the technologically-advanced peninsula, while also importing the latest in open, accessible web standards and practices into the walled garden of the South Korean corner of the Internet. With a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and an avid curiosity he manages to somewhat keep up with the latest technological, social, and political issues related to this global communication system we all use, and does his small part to make it work better for those around him.

Stories from Matthew Weigand

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Plans to Wage Peace on Korean Peninsula Gaining Momentum

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The Korea Peace Movement is a gathering of people focused on bringing about a comprehensive definition of peace to the Korean peninsula. But while one may think that this revolves mostly around the conflict between North and South that has existed on the peninsula for half a decade, Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, the director of the Korea Peace Movement, has a different perspective.

India’s Look East Policy has Korea Seriously Looking Back

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I t is rare thing to see – two countries growing to complement each other so completely that it seems as if the whole situation was engineered from behind the scenes. On the one hand you have South Korea, which is a high-end shipbuilding, construction, and electronics exporter. And on the other hand, you have India, which is a rapidly-growing economy across a few thousand miles of sea with a 350 million-strong middle class who have a long list of high-end electronics they want to buy and new housing they want to see built.

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Growing India-Korea Ties

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report was able to meet with Vishnu Prakash, the new Ambassador of India to South Korea, in his residence in Seoul earlier this month.

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Growing Europe – Northeast Asia Cooperation

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Certain movers and shakers are abuzz with the possibilities of closer Europe-Asia cooperation and ties. Of course, the recently-passed Korea-EU FTA has helped with this, but other geographical and political factors are also contributing to the growing energy around the idea. That the northern polar ice cap is melting is a reality. However, not all of the ramifications of this fact are bad.

South Korea Best in Information Society: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has ranked South Korea as the most developed economy in information and communication technology. In its ‘Measuring the Information Society 2011’ report, the ITU compared Internet access, use, and skills in 152 countries. Following South Korea were Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland. After that was Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The United States ranked 17th.

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Every Asian Company Should Be ASUSTeK

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Forbes columnist Steve Denning wrote an article recently called “Why Amazon Can’t Make a Kindle in the USA.” In it he listed the specific parts of the Kindle and where they are manufactured. Directly from the article, the following quote: “The flex circuit connectors are made in China because the US supplier base migrated to Asia.

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Decorated Korean War Veteran Passes Away

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

On September 4, 2011, decorated Korean war veteran and schoolteacher David Gambrell Morris passed away at the age of 82. He was survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was born on October 7, 1928, in Vian, Oklahoma, and spent his early life in Muskogee. The summer after he finished high school, he went down to Texas to work the oil fields. His Texas excursion was cut short when his sweetheart, Mary, wrote him a letter saying things weren’t going to work out. Unwilling to let the girl he met at Baptist dance night go, he immediately returned to Muskogee and convinced her otherwise. When she asked why, he said her cooking was just too good to pass up. Using the funds from the pawning of his most expensive possession, his trumpet, he eloped with Mary and married her that same day. The night after the ceremony, they each returned to their own family’s houses, undoubtedly full of new plans.

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Mexico Looks to Lead Southern Shift to Green Energy

Monday, October 24th, 2011

On September 5, 2011, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, minister of environment and natural resources of Mexico, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mr. Richard Samans, executive director of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

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Mexico - An Active Asia-Pacific Partner in Sustainable Growth

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Mexico’s environmental policy has been undergoing some significant changes at the behest of President Calderon, all intended to put the focus of the country’s environmental development on sustainable, or green, energy production.

Apple to Pay Fine in Rulings Due to Location Scandal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A few months ago the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) investigated both Apple Inc. and Google to confirm rumors that the iPhone and Android operating systems were keeping a record of their users’ geographic locations in unsecured text files. Now, on August 3rd, the KCC has come to a conclusion with its investigations and slapped Apple with a 3 million fine.

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Visiting the Lamp of the East: Soaring India-Korea Business Ties

Monday, September 19th, 2011

“In the golden age of Asia, Korea was one of its lamp bearers. And that lamp is waiting to be lighted once again. For the illumination of the East.” Rabindranath Tagore wrote this famous poem in 1929, and it was on the minds of many people during Indian President Pratibha Patil’s visit to South Korea on July 25.

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Google+ Gives the Rare Gift of Internet Privacy to Social Networking

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Google Plus, or Google+, is the new social networking offering from Google. This is the third time that Google has tried to get into the social networking sphere, and this time they may have gotten things exactly right. Google+ is not quite Twitter, but it does have some Twitter-like features. Google+ is not quite Facebook, but likewise has some Facebook-like features. It is not quite a newsletter program, but has some components of those as well.

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Green Growth: Emerging Paradigm Shift in Development and Economic Growth

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

If you were in the vicinity of the Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on June 20 to 21 of this year, you might have noticed an increased security presence and an unusually large number of nondescript black cars. That was due to the Global Green Growth Summit, in which 91 foreign dignitaries from 25 different countries gathered to discuss the issues of climate change and the technological response to these unfortunate realities.

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Robots Learn to Share

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The coming robot apocalypse has just had another startling setback. Robots in a simulation at the University of Switzerland were given a camera for eyes, wheels for movement, and a desire to pick up small discs for food. Instead of ruthlessly destroying each other in a mad scramble for the limited food resource, or turning on their masters in a sudden yet inevitable betrayal, the robots took a third path.

Death Knell for Outsourcing to India, China

Monday, August 8th, 2011

A new law passed in India and a new set of laws being considered in China may spell the end for many types of outsourcing to the two countries. On April 13 of this year, India issued final regulations to implement the Information Technology (Amendment) Act of 2008, dealing with the protection of personal information. These regulations will effectively eliminate the possibility in both India and China that companies can effectively collect and utilize the personal data of customers.

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Another Pixel Laid in Redrawing Privacy Line

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The privacy war rages daily, this month on the streets and sidewalks of Seoul. On May 3, 2011, South Korean police raided Google Korea’s local offices, taking computer equipment related to Google’s AdMob section.

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Fallacies of the Cloud

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The cloud is the new thing. Put your apps in the cloud! Put your business processes and web services there too! Hey, why not upload your customer data and company history while you’re at it? The cloud is always there, always accessible, and always will be. Keeping your data on your own servers is so 1990s. Having your own IT department is so 1980s.

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Turning Over a New Leaf in Energy

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Every time you hear about a new technology, people say it will change the world. Rarely does the hardware live up to the hype. But this time, it just might. There is now a low-cost artificial leaf that runs on water and sunlight that can produce enough energy to power a home in the developing world, courtesy of MIT’s Dr. Daniel Nocera and India’s Tata Group. Water and sunlight...how can you go wrong here?

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Holding Back the Ocean

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Several recent incidents online have shown that the Internet can be a radical force for change. For those nations who try to control the Internet, these latest developments call into question their efforts. Is there any point in stemming the Internet tide?

The Internet is more of an uncontrollable beast than pundits previously thought. Such is the impression that I have gotten following the recent unfolding of major international events. The latest feats from Anonymous, the Egyptian protests, and the ongoing Wikileaks controversy point out the mercurial force of the Internet, or more precisely, the mob of people connected to it, which makes one wonder if it can ever be effectively controlled. This question becomes especially important when talking about those nations which seek to actively control the Internet. Are their efforts ultimately futile?

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Internet and Identity in South Korea’s Popular Culture

Monday, April 4th, 2011

South Korea is a democratic nation, and is also a very technological nation. The Internet is a very large part of the country’s culture, and is at the forefront of determining what these two ideas mean together.

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