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For "Smarter" e-Government, South Korea Unveils blockchain tech

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Officials of South Korea have let out their plans for an "intelligent government roadmap" that reveals intentions to make use of 4th industrial revolution technologies (4IR) and the blockchain tech, in order to operate a "smarter" e-government.

 

The ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS) made an official announcement that technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and big data are required to address particular challenges. These findings were collated when a "demand survey on intelligent government projects" was conducted by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security (MIC) in October, receiving from 37 industries, a total of 52 projects.

 

 In the online translation, it was written that:

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As a result of institutional demand survey, the field with the greatest number of tasks appeared to be the public affairs chatbot applying artificial intelligence and big data technology to administrative affairs, legal guidance, civil affairs consultation.

 

Adding to the challenge areas mentioned earlier, the announcement keeps elaborating on the applications of these technologies for public safety: “…by combining intelligent information technology such as artificial intelligence, IoT, and CCTV in each social field such as national life, disaster, crime prevention and facilities.” It also throws more light, that the government has made plans to increase transparency levels by applying the blockchain technology to areas like social welfare or public welfare protection.

 

e-government's director in the MIC, Jeong Yun-Ki said: 

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It is expected that the most effective service will be uncovered by participating in the process of establishing an intelligent government roadmap that best understands e-government practice. We hope that the central government and the local government will be able to provide the intelligent services desired by applying the intelligent information technology to the whole administration. 

 

The aforementioned 4IR technologies are currently seen as largely disruption entries into the modern era. Recently, such innovations were categorized as "New-Growth Technologies" and special tax rules were granted in order to foster the progress of over 150 technologies across 11 areas, which includes blockchain-based information security technology and quantum computing.

 

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