iFeudalism: Price of Freedom

The internet is considered to be one of the participatory mediums ever to be create. There’s no need to have a special license or job, you’re able to upload anything straight from the get go. With over 1 billion websites created, it’s safe to say the internet is pretty big.With that said however, how much of this content is regulated? There is no set rules for the entire medium. Yes, there will be rules within websites but they only apply to said websites. Rules to protect the people are always nice. With some websites it becomes a Walled Garden.

It’s a paradise within, but no one can get in. An example of this is Nexon Korea. Nexon is a online game publisher in South Korea. With the nature of online games, people phishing for login details, hacking the game for money and illegal money trade can occur. However, to access any of the games published by Nexon Korea, an i-PIN is required. To obtain an i-PIN you must be a citizen of South Korea, have a South Korean bank account, South Korean passport etc. Essentially, if you’re not in South Korea, you’re not getting in. The positive of this is that, cases of identity fraud/theft will be kept to a minimum.



One thought on “iFeudalism: Price of Freedom

  1. This reminds of the Japanese social media website ‘Mixi’ I’m currently looking into, it curiously requires not only two-factor authentication upon registration in the form of having, specifically, a Japanese mobile phone number but in the past you actually had to be INVITED into the network. This clearly hinders growth of the website, and is partially why it’s on its way out. With websites like these, and those you talked about like Nexon Korea are catering specifically to that region and expressly PROHIBITING any outside involvement.

    This article plainly makes it clear that, at least with video game products, ‘region locking’ is simply a bad business decision.
    The internet isn’t region locked, so why should products and services be?


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