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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

WikiLeaks’ Chilling Effect on Business-as-Usual in Asia

Monday, February 28th, 2011

WikiLeaks has made international news for its exposure of several hundred thousand secret documents on the war in Afghanistan, US diplomatic communications, and other less well-known scandals.


Ravi S. Saxena

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report had the opportunity to meet Ravi S. Saxena, additional chief secretary of the Department of Science and Technology of the government of Gujarat, one of the fastest-growing states in India. With over 30 years in service in government, Mr. Saxena, has served in many roles, both in state government and in the central government.


Android Market in Korea Growing

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

South Korea had a bit of a bad reputation for a while as far as smart phones went.

The country had a protectionist non-tariff barrier to trade against non-domestic smart phones, but with the approval of the iPhone for sale in Korea near the end of last year, the smart phone market has grown quickly. The Android operating system for phones is part of that, and the Android marketplace in Korea is doing very well indeed.

Google Twists and Turns in China

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The ongoing saga of Google vs. the Chinese government took a new twist at the beginning of July, due to the question of whether or not Google would have its license renewed to operate a commercial website in China.

Google has complied with the Chinese government’s requests for last-minute changes to their Chinese-based website, and in turn China has granted them a license for another year. The end result is a little confusing, however.


Taking the Focus Off the Hardware

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

IT companies in Korea have built up a strong reputation over many years as excellent hard¬ware manufacturers, especially in the field of memory and flat panel displays. But the Ko¬rean software industry has always been lag¬ging behind. While there are some game com¬panies in Korea that have a portion of international mind-share, useful software applications are not nor¬mally Korea’s forte.


From Obscurity to Clarity: Getting Famous Online

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Lets say you have an amazing webpage, and you’ve gotten smart and created a good relationship with an ad network. If you want to get rich and famous online, you need visitors. Visitors are the only difference between earning $0.25 a month and $25,000 a month in ad revenue.

Cho Byung-cheol

Next Generation Storage System Developed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report was able to sit down with Cho Byung-cheol, CEO of Taejin Infotech Co., and discuss his company’s latest developments in high-speed data storage systems. For the past 14 years, Taejin Infotech has been developing new solutions in the area of semiconduc- tor memory systems and business solutions. Now, they have something that might significantly change most computing environments – Ed.

Korea's Second Rocket Attempt

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Usually when you hear the news of a Korean rocket launch, it is North Korea being belligerent. But this time, it’s South Koreans being scientific. South Korea will launch its Naro rocket, officially called the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, in June. It is the second attempt at launching a satellite into orbit, the first being just August of last year. The country has high hopes for a successful second rocket launch. This peaceful, scientific use of rocket technology shows that the path North Korea follows is not the only path. And Korea’s burning desire to be a technology center is what is driving this forward.

The launch is tentatively scheduled to be June 9, and preparations have been ongoing since April 8. However, if there are weather delays, it can be up to ten days later.The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KA RI) built half of this rocket – the upper half. The lower half is a Russian booster stage, an Angara rocket, manufactured in Khrunichev State Space Science and Production Center. The two stages of the rocket are currently being looked over at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jolla Province. The 100 kg satellite payload was also created in Korea.

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Standing Outside the Great Firewall of China

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Google stands today outside the wall, the Great Firewall of China. It is no longer a privileged citizen of the Empire, but now just another barbarian at the gates. Its business relationships are altered, its search results are blocked and its reputation has irrevocably changed. Whether that reputation has changed for the better or worse is the question now. But Google didn’t really have a choice to make.

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Growing India-Saudi Arabia Ties

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

For the first time in almost 30 years, the Prime Minister of India visited Saudi Arabia from Feb. 27 to March 1. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke at length with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz about security, economic, energy and defense issues. By the end of the visit, they had signed 10 different agreements.

Lights Going Out for Korean, Asian Online Monoculture

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

South Korea is one of the most Internet-wired countries, and also bases much of its economy on the latest technologies. However, approximately 99 percent of the country is completely reliant on a decade-old bit of software that is beginning to seriously hold the country’s Internet culture back. Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6), released in 2001, is a requirement for doing anything with a Korean bank, online shopping mall or social networking site. However, the ancient technology is also a rusty sieve, and an Internet hacker’s dream of un-patched security vulnerabilities. It must die.

Ashok Rao

Ashok Rao

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Mr. Ashok Rao is a successful serial entrepreneur in the United States. He has created four successful high-tech startups in the past two decades, and took one of the public with a market cap of $400 million. This made him the first Indian-American to take a technology company public on NASDAQ. In 2007, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement from his alma mater, Marquette University.

Information Imperialism vs. The Information Curtain

Monday, March 1st, 2010

On Jan. 12, 2010, David Drummond of Google Inc. posted an entry on Google’s official blog titled “A new approach to China.” In it, the senior vice president of Corporate Development and the chief legal officer outlined the broad details of a cyber attack against Google’s corporate infrastructure originating from China. He said the attack was launched in the middle of December, and that Google had been investigating the attack since that time.

Following Through on the CEPA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

There were some naysayers wondering if the recent Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA ) between India and South Korea, which was ratified last year and went into effect on Jan. 1, was actually worth the paper it was printed on. The agreement, while definitely comprehensive and totally about economic matters, seemed to lack the quick and decisive stance of a full-on Free Trade Agreement.

Meeting of the Minds

Monday, March 1st, 2010

On Jan. 18, 2010, at the Millennium Seoul Hilton, approximately 100 people met at an event called “New Opportunities in Science and Technology Collaboration Between India and Republic of Korea.” The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Daedeok Innopolis, the Embassy of India and the Indo-Korean Business and Policy Forum. Many distinguished guests were invited to attend and to participate. There were opening remarks by a number of dignitaries and six different presentations from experts in the field of India- Korea relations.


A Unique Experience with World Hotels

Monday, February 1st, 2010
It goes without saying that doing business in Asia includes a lot of hotel stays. And for many people, traveling to a foreign place brings with it many different anxieties about the quality of service and accommodations available. However, having an assurance of quality often comes at the expense of originality in chain hotels, because while they can guarantee your experience, they can only guarantee one generic experience.

Reserving High-End Niche Early On

Friday, January 1st, 2010

When one writes about Korea, India or both, there is really only one topic to speak about right now, and that is the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). There has been quite a lot of ink spilled and pixels tickled about the partnership between the two countries. After all, it is indeed hard to ignore the elephant in the room. This writer can only see half of the room from this perspective, sitting in the capital of South Korea and having never been to India.

Viewing It All From Three Sides

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The extreme concentration of technology experts at the Korea Electronics Grand Fair in KINTEX on October 13 to 16 was baffling to even the most organized of media teams. With every single one of Korea's strong IT industries represented in full at one time, it was difficult to find one single figure to focus on for any length of time. However, when plunged into the depths of the event, searching for the men and women who could give it meaning, one could see illustrated the important parts of the whole by speaking to the right people. Many representative voices could be found at the exhibition, and different perspectives seen. And despite the vast differences in the viewpoints of these three examples, one overall theme was prevalent - now is a time for massive growth and positive thinking in Korean electronics.


Putting the Constructive into Constructive Criticism for Korea

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
On October 21, 2009, three organizations brought some of the best minds in the business together at the President Hotel for a meeting titled G20 and Overcoming the Global Financial Crisis in Asia: Strategies for Growth, Development and Prosperity. The Asia-Europe Perspective Forum, the Institute of Economic Liberty, and the Indo-Korean Business and Policy Forum organized the event to create some constructive dialogue about the globalization of Korea. Noted professionals and long-time professional expatriate residents of Korea such as Tom Coyner, president of Soft Landing Korea; Sean Hayes of Joowon Attorneys at Law; Donald Kirk, journalist and writer; Desmond Scully, of the Asian-Irish Chamber of Commerce; and many other notable figures.


State of Korean Website Design

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
Korea is the land of 99 percent Internet connectivity for its citizens. However, it is also the land of ugly websites. Its sad to say, but it is true. It is as if most Korean web designers opened up a book of best practices in website design, went down the list, and did the opposite of every single suggestion. Confusing, flash-based menus, unnecessary blinking, extremely small fonts and a million links on one page hurt the eyes.

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