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The EU's attempt to foster a connected continent : Experiences from South Korea

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  • The EU's attempt to foster a connected continent
  • Baek, Youmee; Rana, Pritti
  • European Institute for Asian Studies,


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Title The EU's attempt to foster a connected continent
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Experiences from South Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Baek, Youmee; Rana, Pritti

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Brussels:European Institute for Asian Studies,

Date 2013-12
Series Title; No EU-Asia at a Glance
Pages 6
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Europe(Europe)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Industry and Technology < IT
Holding European Institute for Asian Studies,

Abstract

Since the internet was introduced, its use has become indispensable in our daily lives. It functions as a universal technology which is related to most economic sectors. As the internet has a greater impact on the economy, the European Union (EU) needs to consider how to make better use of the internet in order to revive Europe’s economy. Today, the EU lags behind the leading countries in internet development. The internet within the EU is slow and subject to high prices. The problem with slow internet and slow implementation of high-speed internet is that it affects the ability to innovate, spread knowledge, and provide e-services.
Even though the EU launched the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ and proposed the ‘Connected Continent’ plan to develop the internet, some changes are necessary in order to accomplish those plans. It can be useful for the EU to look at the experiences from a leading country such as South Korea. In order to further develop the internet in Europe, more attractive e-services should be made available and more Research & Innovation efforts are necessary. The e-skills of European citizens also need to be improved. In addition, there is an urgent need for high level politicians and national leaders in Europe to recognise the importance of the internet as a potential remedy for the economic crisis, and for sustainable growth in the future.