Korea and the US decided to team up to take the initiative in the world ICT sector by boosting cooperation on the new ICT convergence industry. Both sides agreed to reinforcing cooperation on fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and cyber security, The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced on September 11 that Choi Jae-yoo, second vice minister of science, ICT and future planning of Korea adopted a joint communiqué on comprehensive cooperation on the new ICT convergence industry by taking part in the Third Korea-US ICT Policy Forum held in Washington DC of the US from September 8 to 9 (local time)
First of all, both sides will strengthen global policy coronation to take lead in the 5G, next-generation mobile communication. The two discussed running a working-level council between the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) so that Korea and the US will be able to take the initiative in the process to discuss international frequencies including 5G. In the private sector, Korea’s “5G Forum” and the US’s “5G America” will build a cooperative system and go forward with joint R&D via a regular technology exchange.
The Intelligence and Information-Based Society Creation Group under the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) agreed to discuss cooperative measures in detail such as joint R&D, the nurture of specialized human resources and cooperation among private companies.
They will build up cooperation in the IoT sector, too. They saw eye to eye on closely cooperating to discover and select excellent IoT-based smart city service models and supporting relevant discussions between the two governments to be expanded into the private sector.
In regard to cloud computing, both sides agreed that they will upgrade an open source-based platform and share excellent cases in the public sector, exchange specialists and cooperate for joint R&D to make the development of various cloud solutions possible.
For cyber security and the protection of personal information, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning struck a deal for cooperation on joint R&D on cyber security technology with the US Air Force Research Center. On top of that, the US promised Korea to take active part in Korea Pavilion to be set up at “RSA-2017,” the world’s largest security show to be held in San Francisco of the US. In particular, both sides talked about cooperative measures such as bilateral low enforcement coordination to tackle personal information infringement.
With an eye towards reducing digital divide, both sides agreed to push forward with both Korea’s project to decrease information divide for developing countries and the US’s Global Connect Initiative.