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ICT policies for post-corona are promoted. The goal is to foster a digital-based non-face-to-face industry and to provide digital engagement measures to ensure that there are no marginalized groups in the digital transformation process.

A task force (TF) to foster non-face-to-face industries while strengthening digital infrastructure such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data is operated within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and Communications.

On 16 July, Minister Choi Ki-young presided over the second ICT emergency response meeting to overcome the corona crisis.

The meeting included a comprehensive review of the Corona 19 response support measures, as well as a policy discussion to prepare the post-corona.

President Moon Jae-in expressed his desire to actively foster digital-based industries such as AI and big data in response to global economic shocks, from physical, financial, production and consumption, to non-face-to-face everyday life, at the State Council on 14 March.

The ICT Emergency Response Meeting was held to discuss non-face-to-face technology development and system improvements.

First, we discussed how to work with the Ministry of Education to build a cloud-based online education platform to enable remote education.

In order to accelerate this with the importance of digital transformation, the Korea Information Technology Agency emphasized the need to strengthen digital infrastructure such as 5G and cloud and promote integrated policies that lead to AI, big data, and the cloud.

The Information and Communication Planning And Evaluation Institute expressed its intention to actively explore the demand for future technologies for building the digital economy, such as online business, untapped consumption, culture, and remote-based industries, and to expand r&D investments to secure the core technologies necessary for the development of non-face-to-face industries.

“The post-corona era is expected to be a tremendous economic and social change,” said Choi Ki-young, who presided over the meeting, “it is important to take full advantage of our digital capabilities to create new industries that fit the post-corona era, such as non-face-to-face industries.”

He added, “We will actively foster a digital-based, non-face-to-face industry that utilizes big data, networks, and artificial intelligence, and will work together to prepare for our new future that will change after Corona, such as accelerating the digital transformation.”

Choi also stressed that “in the process of preparing for the digital-based post-corona era, we need to create new jobs and help people quickly transition to those jobs,” adding, “We will also take measures to ensure that there are no marginalized groups.”

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