Information society : national science and technology policies in Turkey and South Korea

Emiroğlu, Sinem
This thesis emphasizes the role of being an information society in countries’ development perspective; furthermore aims to study the economic, social and structural dimensions of information society related policies with the case studies of Turkey and South Korea. Although in 1950s Turkey and South Korea had similar characteristics in terms of basic economic and social indicators, Turkey has lagged behind in South Korea in terms of development perspective and information society parameters. In addition, information society levels of Turkey and South Korea are measured and compared by ICT development index. Information society policies of South Korea and Turkey are analyzed in the scope of national science and technology policies separately. In theoretical perspective, transforming to information society is analyzed on the basis of “Deployment policies in the field of ICT” and “Two models of network policy formation”. The findings of the study indicate that, although hegemonic ruler organizations determine science and technology and transforming to information society related policies, government should not apply these policies without considering their internal dynamics. These policies should be re-evaluated and modified in the scope of national advantages and priorities. In addition, this study aims to indicate the importance of the role of science and technology policies on being an information society for 21st century.


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Citation Formats
S. Emiroğlu, “Information society : national science and technology policies in Turkey and South Korea,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.