KISDI – Korea Information Society Dev. Inst.
KISDI began as a government-affiliated institute established in February 1985 with the goal of developing telecommunications-related environment and modernizing the telecom industry. By collecting, surveying, and researching a variety of information and data about ICT policy, regulation, and business in and out of Korea, KISDI has become a major research think tank in the establishment of national ICT policy and, furthermore, national economic growth.
The main areas of collaboration include: 1) Planning and operation of e-Government and smart city training programs and provision of advisory services; 2) Development of e-gov/training content 3) Carrying out joint research, seminars, workshops 4) Mutual support for int cooperation to share the experience and know-how of WeGO members and Korea’s e-Gov and smart city best practices 5) Collaboration on KISDI’s ODA projects regarding smart cities & e-government.
The Department of ICT Strategy Research seeks to contribute to societal and economic development of Korea through various suggestions on policy measures for further development of ICT-based industries and creation of new growth engines, by performing research on changes in industrial structure in line with ICT evolution, regulatory reform measures to foster new Internet-based industries, policy measures to support startups, ICT-based solutions to social issues, and new regulatory frameworks in line with ICT advances.
The Internet Convergence Policy Group carries out studies on Internet convergence, such as analysis of industrial paradigm shifts to cope with the advancement of the Internet, artificial intelligence (Al), block chain, and other innovative ICT, and analysis of policy issues, including regulatory reform measures to promote new Internet-based industries. It also conducts policy research to strengthen ICT competitiveness, such as strategies to promote the ICT venture ecosystem, improvement of the national ICT R&D efficiency, and measures to foster ICT personnel. The Digital Society Policy Group develops ICT-based policies to create an inclusive intelligent information society, presents the role of ICT as a means of addressing future challenges, and carries out research on socio-cultural responses for a sustainable hyper-connected society, changes in ethical norms and legal systems triggered by ICT advances such as Internet of Things (loT) and artificial intelligence (Al), and user protection measures in intelligent information society. The group also aims to find ways to deal with dysfunctions in intelligent information society preemptively and present the right direction and vision for our society based on ICBM (loT, cloud, big data, and mobile).
The Department of Telecommunications and Spectrum Research is responsible for research on telecommunications and spectrum policies for the advancement of the telecom market, fair competition, user protection, the more efficient use of spectrum resources as well as network enhancement. The Telecommunications Market Structure Group performs research on regulatory reforms for the advancement and revitalization of the telecom service market. Based on its accurate market analysis and future outlook, the group examines and identifies factors that drive changes in the telecom market including the emergence of the content, platforms, networks, and devices (C-P-N-D) ecosystem, and seeks to find ways to improve existing regulations such as the telecommunications service classification system and market entry barriers. Furthermore, the group also undertakes studies on new services and related regulations to create more dynamic markets. The Telecommunications Market Competition Group conducts research on appropriate regulations for market-dominant players to create a level playing field in the telecom service market based on empirical analyses of market situations and theories in economics, accounting, business administration and law. It also carries out studies on regulatory guidelines and ex-post regulations on unfair business practices, as well as consumer protection policy. The Spectrum Policy Group is in charge of research on policies for the development of spectrum-based industries and the efficient use of spectrum resources. The group also reviews the trends of spectrum management policy in major economies and studies policies on spectrum retrieval and reallocation for the growth of spectrum-based industries.