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A policy change effected through a change in the meaning of target populations : A case study of South Korea’s limited internet user self-identification policy

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  • A policy change effected through a change in the meaning of target populations
  • Cho, Sungeun; Ahn, Sang-hoon
  • Seoul National University


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Title A policy change effected through a change in the meaning of target populations
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A case study of South Korea’s limited internet user self-identification policy

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Cho, Sungeun; Ahn, Sang-hoon

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[Seoul, S.Korea]:Seoul National University

Date 2015
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 30(no. 3)
Pages 27
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < IT
Social Development < Population
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This study examines the process of policy change, drawing on the theory of the social construction of target populations to explore South Korea’s limited Internet user self-identification policy. In the early 2000s, the government directly imposed on netizens and service providers by establishing regulations that resulted in netizens being categorized as deviants. Then, as personal data spillage became a problem and the market environment changed, netizens and Internet service providers were transformed into the advantaged group needing protection. Consequently, the government relaxed its regulations and allowed Internet users to self-regulate instead. This study verifies that the process of change in the way target populations are viewed is caused by an interaction between a structure and its actors. Furthermore, positive political and economic events and social movements can rapidly transform actors, Internet users and service providers in this case, into an advantaged group.