KOREA: Online ads haul in $1 billion

Online advertising market expected to grow 15.2 percent in 2007

Korea Herald
Online advertising is estimated to be worth 977.8 billion won ($1.03 billion) this year, according to a recent survey conducted by the nation’s largest online marketer Overture Korea and Cheil Communications Inc. The survey said this year’s online ad market will grow 15.2 percent to 977.8 billion won, from last year’s 849 billion won. Search-based ads will account for about 60 percent or 613.5 billion won, which represents a 21.5 percent growth compared to last year’s 504.9 billion won.

MALAYSIA: Marina Mahathir takes up bloggers’ cause

Daughter of former Prime Minister Mahathir agrees to help bloggers being sued by New Straits Times Press

Straits Times
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir started expressing her frank opinions on her blog 1-1/2 months ago after she heard that officials intended to curb free expression on online journals. Now, the eldest child of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has decided to turn more active and has agreed to become a trustee of a fund to help two Malaysian bloggers being sued by the New Straits Times Press (NSTP).

Who stopped the tech revolution in Indonesia?

Debnath Guharoy says that Indonesia’s Internet infrastructure must follow in the footsteps of cell phone technology for progress

The Jakarta Post
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Look around you. Words, pictures and sounds vying for your attention as you go to work every day. Many more when you get back home. While you may subconsciously witness a thousand messages in Metro Indonesia today, rural Indonesians maybe see a hundred. That’s because the entire country is glued to television every day, billboards and banners are everywhere, and the radio is often on as “background music”. Most of the messages vying for your attention are unsolicited. Almost 30 million regular users walk around with their mobile phones all day and about 500,000 have a Palm or Blackberry type of PDA in their pockets, with messages they have “opted in” to receive. However, the one sad, significant reality is that the country has yet to take real advantage of the Worldwide Web.

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