Korean Doctoral Student to Engage in Digital ExperimentThe'Digital Community Living Experience Project' has finally selected its challenger. Kwon Kwi-nam (25) is a young Korean woman currently pursuing her doctorate from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science (KAIST). She will have to rely entirely on the computer and the Internet for all forms of communication and sustenance for 18 months. The only break in the routine will be a daily 2 hour walk within 5 km of her residential area.
Kwon will begin the 'Internet Survival Game' on March 15 in a rural house located in South-Yangju, Kyunggi-do. The house will be equipped with a state-of-the-art telecommunications system.
Kwon's monthly allowance of $1400 will be provided with the stipulation that any expenditures must be made through the internet. In addition, the two hour daily walk must not include any activities that are non-digital, like direct human interaction.
Kwon said "I am participating in this project to aid research efforts aimed at gauging the 'digital influence' on society and the individual.
Anyone interested in aiding Kwon must apply by April 30 through either www.las21.com or www.wakano.co.kr.
by Choi Ji-young
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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