INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN SOUTH KOREA

In 2001, South Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication passed the controversial Internet Content Filtering Ordinance, which regulates the country’s Internet content. The Ordinance requires that Internet Service Providers block access to Websites on a government compiled list, Internet access is accessible to the youth, public libraries and schools install filtering software, and that an Internet content rating system be introduced. New rules introducing further restrictions are also expected although not yet enacted as of January 2010.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the Korean Internet Safety Commission’s mandate?
How was the KISCOM’s position blocking Web sites carrying homosexual content reversed?
To what extent have Korean Websites been blocked?

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