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South Korea Establishes a "New Digital Order" as a Digital Model Nation


Following up on President Yoon's New York Initiative and his speech at Harvard University


Establishing a digital bill of rights for the new digital order and initiating social discussions


Actively leading the discussion on global digital norms


The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) in South Korea announced on May 2 at the State Council that it will actively pursue the establishment of a "New Digital Order" in alignment with President Yoon Suk-yeol's New York Initiative (September 2022), his special address at Davos (January 2023), and his recent speech at Harvard University during his visit to the United States (April 2023). The plan for the new digital order aims to create a basic direction for a digital bill of rights and to stimulate social discussion, as well as to actively lead global discussions on digital norms.




As the era of digital sophistication advances, new and diverse issues have arisen that have never existed before. For example, the emergence of generative artificial intelligence (AI), such as ChatGPT, has sparked debates on copyright and intellectual property rights for the creative works produced by AI, while autonomous vehicles raise questions about who is responsible for accidents and compensation. Such digital sophistication issues are complex and diverse in their interrelationships. To embrace the changes of the digital age and fully enjoy the benefits of digitalization, it is crucial to increase social acceptability, and a new normative system (order) is needed for this purpose.




Korea has been at the forefront of the digital age ahead of any other country in the world by systematically responding to the Information Revolution (early 1990s) transforming societies around the world. With another structural transformation in the digital sophistication, comparable to the Industrial Revolution (late 18th century) and the Information Revolution, the Korean government plans to establish a "New Digital Order" to resolve various digital issues and promote continuous digital innovation.




Until coming September, the Korean government will establish the digital bill of rights to define the vision, goals, universal values and rights of humanity, and obligations of citizens, companies, and the government, as well as principles for resolving digital issues. Each ministry will create policies based on the direction of the digital bill of rights. Furthermore, a civil-private consultation body consisting of academia, industry, and consumer organizations will be established to actively promote social discussion. An "online public forum" will also be created by this August to enable citizens to freely discuss the digital order. In addition, the government will conduct annual surveys on the status of digital sophistication and use them as basic policy-decision-making data. Lastly, the government of South Korea plans to strengthen its role as a digital rule setter, leading global discussions on digital norms, as a digital model country. The Ministry of Science and ICT plans to actively propose its position and policies when there are digital norm discussions in international organizations such as the G20, UN, and OECD. They also plan to establish a "Digital Future Forum" in the OECD and continue to lead discussions.




Minister of Science and ICT, Jong-ho Lee, said, "It is significant that South Korea can play a leading role in suggesting the direction we should aim for in the global digital norm discussion, which is actively taking place worldwide following the New York Initiative in September last year and the recent Harvard speech during the recent U.S. visit." He added, "Now that we have established a comprehensive government-led plan, we will work closely with relevant ministries to establish a new digital order as a digital model country."








For further information, please contact the Public Relations Division (Phone: +82-44-202-4033, E-mail: of the Ministry of Science and ICT.

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