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ICT ministry seeks to drop ActiveX in private sector

All Headlines 12:00 April 01, 2015

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ICT ministry said Wednesday it will move to induce the private sector to drop the troublesome ActiveX program, which has been cited as a major drag on the Internet industry.

Under the plan, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will make at least 90 percent of the country's top 100 websites "ActiveX-free," by 2017, and provide local firms with subsidies and support to adopt new systems.

The ministry said a website can receive a subsidy of up to 100 million won (US$90,090), or 50 percent of the necessary costs to adopt new systems and stop using ActiveX-based systems.

South Korea will also promote HTML5, a programming language which operates on all platforms, including mobile interfaces.

It will also provide incentives to private companies through 2017 to develop 48 new standard technologies that can help local websites become ActiveX-free. A company can receive up to 100 million won, or 50 percent of their actual development expenses.

"Following the efforts to break out from ActiveX-based systems in the online commerce sector, we seek to expand the trend to other areas, such as finance, education, and entertainment," the ministry said.

ActiveX is plug-in software that controls and protects users' computers but works only on Microsoft Windows platforms, such as Internet Explorer. Thus, users of other web browsers or mobile devices are unable to access websites based on Microsoft's technology.

The ministry added that another plan will be rolled out later this month to remove the ActiveX software from public websites as well.

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