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Identifying the problem : Korea’s initial experience with mandatory real name verification on internet portals

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  • Identifying the problem
  • Leitner, John
  • Seoul National University(BK 21 Law)


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Korea’s initial experience with mandatory real name verification on internet portals

Material Type Articles
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Leitner, John

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(BK 21 Law)

Date 2009
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Korean Law:vol. 9(no. 1)
Pages 26
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Laws and Legislation
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

In 2007, Korea implemented the world’s only mandatory real name verification system for individuals wishing to post content on popular Korean internet portals. This system, which expanded in 2009 to include additional portals, has so far been relatively ineffective at its stated purpose of reducing instances of online libel. Together with Korea’s censorship of certain internet sites, the real name verification system distinguishes Korea as regulating internet use more heavily than other democratic societies. I argue that the real name verification system is unlikely to successfully deter future acts of cyber libel, but will rather hinder socially useful online activities, such as free expression on matters of social and political significance. Possible means for strengthening enforcement of the real name verification system would provide little promise of preventing defamation while further interfering with freedom of expression and personal privacy. (The rest omitted)