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  • [USA_Cryptocoins News] Seoul Govt Selects Samsung SDS for City-Wide Blockchain P..
    등록일 2017-11-29 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 4 READS
    Seoul Govt Selects Samsung SDS for City-Wide Blockchain Project Samsung SDS wins order ahead of Seoul City’s 2022 blockchain upgrade. Samburaj Das on 27/11/2017 See the Original (Click Here) The metropolitan government of Seoul, South Korea’s capital, has chosen Samsung SDS to draw a roadmap to apply blockchain technology to the city’s entire administration to improve citizen convenience and administrative transparency. Samsung SDS, the IT subsidiary of Korean electronics giant Samsung, has won an order from Seoul’s Metropolitan Government to establish an Information Strategy Plan (ISP) for ‘Innovation in Building Blockchain (Solutions) for Seoul City’, the company said today. The initiative is notable for the city government’s intention to apply blockchain technology across ‘the entire municipal administration’ by 2022. The city government has already identified a number of sectors for blockchain applications including welfare, safety, traffic and other municipal affairs. Initial applications will see blockchain’s core characteristic as a secure, immutable ledger used for recording personal information of citizens, paying out unemployed youth allowances and the sale of used car deeds. The ultimate goal? To broadly expand civic convenience and administrative transparency with blockchain technology powering the city’s entire municipal administration in four years. According to the terms of the contract, Samsung SDS is now tasked to assess the environment and chart a roadmap toward both ‘introducing and spreading blockchain technology throughout the city’s municipal government’ over the next five months. Samsung’s software unit will design and propose future models alongside plans to systematically implement them across the city’s government and the public sector. In statements, Samsung SDS chief executive Hong Won-pyo said: Samsung SDS intends to contribute to the city becoming a world-class city by strengthening the transparency, fairness and civic convenience through its own blockchain technology and consulting capability. The Seoul city project marks the company’s first foray into introducing blockchain technology to the public sector, becoming the first domestic company in Korea to do so. Samsung’s software stem unveiled its blockchain platform ‘Nexledger’ in a commercial launch earlier this year. In May, the company began a notable pilot project for Korea’s shipping and logistics industry to track imports, exports and real-time tracking of cargo shipments over a blockchain. The pilot proved successful with its first trial run of a Korea-China shipment, and its entire logistics chain process, facilitated by a blockchain. Seoul’s city-wide initiative is a notable endorsement of blockchain, the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and draws parallels to a similar effort in Dubai, the latter charting its own path to become the world’s ‘firstblockchain city’ by 2020. Seoul city image from Shutterstock.
  • [Seoul's News] Seoul City Announces the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
    등록일 2017-12-04 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 3 READS
    Seoul City Announces the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals <Source: http://english.seoul.go.kr/seoul-city-announces-2030-sustainable-development-goals/> On November 22, 2017, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced the Seoul Sustainable Development Goals. The goals embody Seoul’s direction of development as a sustainable city with 17 major goals and 96 detailed targets. By 2030, Seoul plans to become a city that has a social security system suited for the city to satisfy the basic needs of vulnerable social groups, to make sure that all citizens have access to safe and well-balanced food and receive quality education at a reasonable cost. Another goal is to reduce the concentration of fine dust to 70% of that in 2016 and the generation of greenhouse gases to 40% of that in 2005 to reinforce Seoul as a city that preemptively responds to climate change. The 2030 Seoul Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will help the Seoul Metropolitan Government to realize the UN’s SDGs. It will act as a compass for all future policies on the economy, society and environment in Seoul. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals) is a set of universal and comprehensive goals for all countries to be implemented between 2016 and 2030 selected through agreement by member states at the September 2015 UN Sustainable Development Summit. The UN SDGs hold special significance for being the first agreement by all member states to set goals for the purpose of sustainable development. The SDGs seek qualitative development, human-centered fair development, and inclusive development that shares resources and profits beyond the pursuit of growth. The 2030 Seoul Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) actively accepts the UN’s universally-accepted sustainable development goals. It was established as a bottom-up system that fits the needs of Seoul through discussions by citizens, a dedicated taskforce, many meetings with experts, and on- and off-line collection of citizen opinions.
  • [UK_CityMetric] What can Seoul teach the UK about community engagement?
    등록일 2017-12-04 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 4 READS
    What can Seoul teach the UK about community engagement? By David Moyniha Source: http://www.citymetric.com/horizons/what-can-seoul-teach-uk-about-community-engagement-3517   Earlier this year saw the opening of Seoullo 7017. Seoul’s version of New York City’s high line is a 1970s elevated section of highway converted, by Dutch practice MVRDV, into a “Skygarden”: a pedestrianised walkway and garden, almost a kilometre long, landscaped with a wide variety of Korean plant species and illuminated at night. The new landmark illustrates Seoul’s confidence as an emerging world city, a status first indicated by its hosting of the Olympic Games in 1988 and its hosting of matches during the 2002 World Cup. It is now considered the World’s most “wired city” and is also gaining a cultural prominence – something indicated by K-pop’s global success and other landmark buildings like Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), which provides a modern counterpoint to several UNESCO World Heritage sites across the city. The city is also facing several challenges. Like London and many other Western cities, Seoul is struggling with the growth of pronounced wealth inequality and a generational divide when it comes to accessing housing. It is afflicted by poor air quality, has an ageing population and growing mental health problems, affecting young people in particular. Since 2011, under Mayor Park Woon-son’s agenda, the city government has been looking to redress the balance in the city, through the encouragement of new social infrastructure and more direct forms of democracy. The byword for this work in Seoul is “revitalisation” rather than “reconstruction”, as place-making initiatives have taken precedence from building work. An important programme in the city has been the conversion of 424 redundant local administrative offices for resident-led neighbourhood uses such as libraries, small theatres, concert halls and cafes. The success of this work will depend on the Ccty’s ability to engage and activate more residents, encouraging collaborative approaches to running local services and managing community spaces. This will help meet the mayor’s desire to develop the city’s social infrastructure, representing a switch in approach to managing the city, which had previously been focused on stimulating fast economic growth. My social enterprise Social Life was invited – alongside Locality, the national network of community-led organisations – by the Seoul metropolitan government to share the UK experience of working with communities and, specifically, the mechanisms used help them play a more active role in their neighbourhoods. We visited two neighbourhoods in the city, Mapo and Mok 2 Dong, and heard from residents and small organisations working to improve their neighbourhoods. In Mapo, on the western side of the city, running north of the Han River, we visited a site near the Olympic Stadium: a formerly disused oil storage facility, with six large oil tanks, converted into a new culture park used to promote eco enterprises and culture. We spoke to local residents’ who had been squatting on the site for live-work use. Residents had set up social and creative enterprises in shipping containers on the site, providing a range of services including affordable health, a flea market, a culture and arts festivals and eco-education. The city government’s first response was to seek to remove these illicit uses – but a change in heart saw it not only embracing these activities, but seeking to work with the residents on the design of the wider park. Mok 2 Dong is a “maul” (village) in the Yangcheon District, again on the western side of the city but south of the Han River. It is an area of high-rise housing, including Hyperion Tower, one of the world’s tallest residential buildings – but we visited a lower rise section with street-level shops and cafes. At a community café, we heard from Plus-minus 1°C, a social venture run by young villagers, which has led to the community cafe, as well as a village school, a housing co-op, and an annual town festival. The speed of this work and the energy and determination of the young people in making things happen in their neighbourhood was impressive. As part of our visit, we also spoke with a number of intermediary organisations, including research organisations, think tanks, sector specialists and neighbourhood support bodies. We heard about some of the issues they face when working with communities: difficulties in opening a dialogue with residents, encouraging residents to speak openly, reaching beyond the louder/stronger voices, and the perception that, as intermediaries, they were not seen as independent enough from government. Some familiar themes, but also some marked differences, from our experiences in the UK. We sensed the impatience from the city government to usher in this new resident-led approach to the city’s revitalisation. Mayor Park Won-soon had previously spent time in the UK to collect ideas for his political project (both prior to and since becoming mayor), and he was impressed by the role of civil society in supporting the place-making process in cities like London.  However, we offered a note of caution about the UK experience: the difficult message that community development was a slow and meandering process. We also emphasised that, for residents to form autonomous and lasting organisations serving their neighbourhoods, perhaps the best approach for local government is to step away and allow this process to occur naturally. Social Life is a social enterprise, created by the Young Foundation in 2012, to become a specialist centre of research and innovation about the social life of communities. All our work is about the relationship between people and places.    
  • [Bulgaria_Renewables Now] Seoul seeks to add 1 GW of residential solar by 2022
    등록일 2017-11-27 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 6 READS
    Seoul seeks to add 1 GW of residential solar by 2022 Find Out More (Click Here) November 23 (Renewables Now) - The government of Seoul on Tuesday announced plans to pour KRW 1.7 trillion (USD 1.56bn/EUR 1.32bn) in a new initiative that aims to boost the residential solar sector by adding 1 GW of capacity by 2022. The goal of the “Solar City Seoul” project is to lower the dependence of South Korea’s capital on nuclear power generation, mayor Park Won-soon said at a press conference, as cited by local media. The master plan will involve seven separate initiatives that will be subdivided into 59 projects. A major component of the scheme will be to increase the number of residential photovoltaic (PV) facilities to one million and having one out of three households equipped with solar panels. For comparison, only 3,000 households in Seoul had miniature solar generators at their properties in 2014, while the number this year stands at 18,000. Households with fitted PV panels on verandas and rooftops are currently 30,000. As part of the initiative, Seoul will also install PV panels at major buildings and parks and designate these areas as solar energy landmarks or solar energy special districts. The city expects to save 540,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year through the measures. (KRW 1000 = USD 0.921/EUR 0.778)

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  • [UK_the Economist] THE DISRUPTERS / Film SERIES 2_Techs & The City
    등록일 2017-11-09 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 14 READS
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  • [Seoul's Policy Packages] Transportation + Environment + E-Government Policy
    등록일 2017-11-24 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 7 READS
    Contents of Transportation Policy ◆ One Card Fits All: Integrated Public Transport Fare System-------1 ◆ Consumer-Oriented Bus Information System------19 ◆ Unattended Illegal Parking Enforcement: The Power of Fines and Physical Evidence-----------33 ◆ Three Innovations of Subway Line 9: Financing, Speed Competitiveness and Social Equity-----49 ◆ Night Bus: Route Design Using Big Data------71 ◆ Exclusive Median Bus Lane Network------89 ◆ Reduction of Car Travel: Transportation Demand Management---105 ◆ ITS on Seoul’s Urban Expressway----------            123 ◆ Transport System Management (TSM)-----141 ◆ TOPIS: Seoul’s Intelligent Traffic System (ITS)-------155   Contents of Environment Policy ◆ Diesel Vehicle Emission Control Devices--------1 ◆ Air Pollution Monitoring Network--------23 ◆ Nanjido Ecological Park-------47 ◆ Energy Generating WWTP: From Treatment to Energy Production----69 ◆ Efficient Drinking Water Supply System:   Revenue Water Ratio (RWR) Improvement Project-------93 ◆ New Renewable Energy (One Less Nuclear Power Plant)------111 ◆ Seoul’s Illumination Management Policy-------133 ◆ Building Retrofit Program--------161 ◆ Volume Based Waste Fee(VBMF) System for Municipal Solid Waste-------181 ◆ Waste Heat Recovery Project--------201 Contents of E-Government Policy ◆ Chapter 1: Introduction of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s e-Governance Policy Study ◆ Chapter 2: Administrative e-Communication Policy with the Public ◆ Chapter 3: Geospatial Information Service (GIS) ◆ Chapter 4: e-Government Best Practices – Electronic Tax (ETAX) and the Open Tax Court ◆ Chapter 5: World e-Government Organization (WeGO)
  • [Brochure] Seoul's Policy Sharing Initiative (2017)
    등록일 2017-11-09 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 22 READS
  • [SI Report] Seoul Labor Policy_ Restoring Labor to its Proper Place in Society (..
    등록일 2017-10-17 글쓴이 ssunha 조회수 8 READS
    Summary Investment in labor issues is investment in people and their future Let us strive for a society in which hard work is respected and hardworking people are happy I sincerely hope that the SMG’s labor policy initiatives, such as reduced work hours, living allowances for young jobseekers, emotional labor regulations, and employee representatives, will shape and lead the public discourse on labor issues in Korea. Sustainable and successful labor policy measures can come about only through a society-wide structure of discourse in which diverse stakeholders can participate. An ideal government not only enacts and implements good policies for citizens, but should also seek and garner citizens’ consensus by setting a good example itself. Seoul has now set out to transform into a society where workers are respected and appreciated. The prospects of this endeavor will only become stronger and brighter when the SMG listens attentively to the diverse voices and concerns of the civil society at large. - Introduction   List of Contents Chapter I. Respect for Labor : Workers’ Rights in Seoul Today Chapter II. Protection of the Rights of Part-Time Workers and the Allowances for Young Jobseekers Chapter III. Transformation of Seoul: According Due Respect to Labor Chapter IV. Protecting Labor at the Local Level: Centers for Workers Chapter V. Seeking Answers in the SMG’s Labor Policy About the Writer Jong-Jin Kim A former sociology major at the Catholic University of Korea and Sungkonghoe University, Kim has been working as a researcher at the Korea Labour & Society Institute(KLSI) since 2003. Kim’s publications to date include Working People in the Age of Polarization, Neither Presidents Nor Workers, Work Shifts and Working Hours, On Emotional Labor in the Service Sector, Contractor-Subcontractor and Labor-Management Relations in the Service Sector, among others. Kim’s topics of research include the service sector, non-regular workers, young and part-time workers, and other groups vulnerable to unfairness at work, as well as working hours, emotional labor, and the labor policies of local governments.
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  • MITI – Metropolis International Training Institute

The main mission of the Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) is to strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of local and metropolitan authorities and their leaders for better public governance.

The Metropolis International Training Institute (MITI) is the training and learning center of Metropolis, established in 1996.Today, MITI counts on headquarters located in Seoul, and four regional centers: Cairo, Mashhad, Mexico City and Paris (Île-de-France). Formerly located in Montreal, the headquarters have been transferred to Seoul after a decision taken at the Metropolis Board of Directors’ meeting in Guangzhou, in 2012.

With its relaunch in Seoul, MITI enters a new era of knowledge dissemination, with the boosted activation of its regional centers. MITI will spare no efforts to operate training programs in line with other Metropolis activities, for all members of the Association, and also for its institutional partners and affiliated cities.
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  • 공유도시(Sharing City) 서울은?

시간, 공간, 재능, 물건, 정보 등 누구나 소유하고 있는 것을 함께 나누어 활용함으로써 쓰지 않고 놀리는 자원을 효율적으로 활용하고, 지역경제를 활성화하며, 이웃과 공동체 의식도 형성하고, 환경에도 이로운 활동인 '공유'가 활성화된 도시입니다.

'공유도시 서울' 정책을 추진하게 된 이유는?

복지, 환경, 일자리 등에서 사회적 수요는 급증하고 있으나 한정된 예산과 자원으로 이를 해결하는데 많은 어려움이 있습니다. 또한 급격한 도시화로 공동체 의식이 실종되었고, 과잉소비에 따른 자원고갈과 환경오염 문제가 지속적으로 발생하고 있습니다.
이러한 해결이 어려운 도시의 경제적, 사회적, 환경적 문제들을 '공유'라는 새로운 방법을 통해 완화시켜 나가고자 합니다.