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ICT Industry Research Division

The Department of ICT Strategy Research performs research on the dynamism of the ICT ecosystem, ICT-driven new markets, startups and venture capital, solutions to social issues through ICT application, effects of new technologies(AI, Blockchain, etc.) on the economy and society with the aim of finding new growth engines for the economy and creating jobs.

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 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 Institution 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 (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), and user protection measures in intelligent information society. 
The AI strategy center aims to find ways to introduce and diffuse new technologies into diverse industries, public and private sectors. Also, it studies on the effect of new technologies(AI, Blockchain, etc.) on the economy, forcasts the related market size of new technologies.

Key Research Themes

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  • Internet evolution and socio-economic paradigm shifts
  • Changes in industrial structure in the era of the digital economy
  • Measures for the development of new Internet-based platform businesses
  • Measures to facilitate new ICT-based industries
  • Strategies to advance Korea’s economic and industrial structures through ICT
  • ICT regulatory reforms
  • Analysis of ICT utilization by industry and related policies
  • Longitudinal analysis of the lifecycle of ICT startups
  • Analysis of the current startup environment and policy support
  • Strategies to secure competitive advantages for the establishment of a startup hub
  • Strategies to improve efficiency in ICT R&D investment
  • Strategies for the development and promotion of the fintech industry
  • Measures to facilitate M&As for small- and mid-sized software companies
  • Strategies for job creation through ICT convergence
  • ICT-based solutions to current social issues
  • Socio-cultural conditions for a sustainable hyper-connected society
  • Legal-philosophical approach to the establishment of a regulatory framework for intelligent information society

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