Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) Seminar on “Environmental Issues and Policy in Korea”



“Environmental Issues and Policy in Korea”


Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)

Date: Saturday, July 6

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Location: Headquarters of KFEM

(near Gyeongbokgung Station)


This seminar will bring together speakers of English living in Korea

to talk about current environmental issues in Korea and their larger implications for the world.

The discussion will also touch on major issues that the Korean Federation for the Environment Movement

is currently involved in such as the Four Rivers Project and ecological approaches to city planning. Please join us.

The map  below is in Korean, but it shows how to get from exit 1 of Gyeongbokgung Station to KFEM headquarters. Call me at 010 3444 1598 if you have any questions.



Emanuel Pastreich


International Advisory Committee

Korea Federation for Environment Movements

Director, The Asia Institute





Do We Need a Constitution of Information? (The Hankyoreh & Huffington Post) June 5, 2013

The recent scandal involving the surveillance of the Associated Press and Fox News by the United States Justice Department has focused attention on the erosion of privacy and freedom of speech in recent years. But before we simply attribute these events to the ethical failings of Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff, we also should consider the technological revolution powering this incident, and thousands like it. It would appear that bureaucrats simply are seduced by the ease with which information can be gathered and manipulated. At the rate that technologies for the collection and fabrication of information are evolving, what is now available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the United States, and around the world, will soon be available to individuals and small groups.

We must come to terms with the current information revolution and take the first steps to form global institutions that will assure that our society, and our governments, can continue to function through this chaotic and disconcerting period. The exponential increase in the power of computers will mean that changes the go far beyond the limits of slow-moving human government. We will need to build new institutions to the crisis that are substantial and long-term. It will not be a matter that can be solved by adding a new division to Homeland Security or Google.

We do not have any choice. To make light of the crisis means allowing shadowy organizations to usurp for themselves immense power through the collection and distortion of information. Failure to keep up with technological change in an institutional sense will mean that in the future government will be at best a symbolic façade of authority with little authority or capacity to respond to the threats of information manipulation. In the worst case scenario, corporations and government agencies could degenerate into warring factions, a new form of feudalism in which invisible forces use their control of information to wage murky wars for global domination. Continue Reading