December 10, 2021

DTS Students Intern at Korea Joongang Daily

Three undergraduates learned the journalistic trade at their internship at Joongang Daily. This is the kind of hands-on project experience that our students get at SUNY Korea. All students and professors associated with SUNY Korea are in boldface below.

[Journalism Internship] ESG could be more than an investment philosophy

News reposted below:

Consumers want to see change, not just a passing trend  

“I do not want to buy products that may harm the environment or ignore workers’ labor,” said university student Jung Hye-won.  

Jung isn’t the only one. Consumers today are increasingly interested and willing to purchase from companies that create social value. This leads companies to adapt so-called ESG management systems to bring new changes into consumer behavior.  

ESG stands for environmental, social and governance. It’s industry jargon, but has quickly become a buzzword in Korea.  

These three components serve as a tool to assess how sustainable or ethically responsible a company is in the long run for investors.  

Although ESG is a non-financial performance standard, it is a valuable criterion for measuring company performance for investors. Investors can set standards in accordance with ESG principles to assess how future-proof a company is.  

The environment section measures how well a company contributes to the environment. Companies are expected to deal with issues like biodiversity, climate change and cutting carbon emissions. By doing so, companies can save energy and operational costs as well as appeal to consumers.  

For social aspects, companies focus on areas such as customer satisfaction and human rights. This leads to employee satisfaction, increases in social integrity and stronger relationships among community members.  

Lastly, board composition and executive compensation are areas that decide how a company structures its governance. A successful governance framework can formulate positive relationships with investors and increase government support and financial aid.  

The three standards represent a shift in investment philosophy. In the late 20th century, investors looked for companies that would generate profits. In recent years, however, reports have begun to support the idea that there are financial benefits of backing ethical and responsible companies in the long run.  

This led to the United Nations officially coining the term ESG in 2004 and develop several investment initiatives.  

A recent joint conference hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries invited 60 executives from companies like Samyang Holdings and Hanwha General Chemical to discuss the importance of ESG management and its future values.  
Korean conglomerate Posco has already announced that its steel will be produced using hydrogen instead of coal. Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest 1 trillion won ($875 billion) into environmentally friendly fuel and technology.  

A college student surnamed Koo said he favors automobile company Volvo because of their safety philosophy. The automaker’s advertising campaigns have boasted about its all-electronic production, contributing to Koo’s trust in the brand.  

Although his first priority may be quality, Koo is willing to reconsider decisions if a company gets involved in seriously unethical issues.  

Sira Maliphol, an assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Society at SUNY Korea, says that ESG management is certain to be a long-run trend.  

“ESG management is not something that is going to stop,” Maliphol said.  

He explained that increasing consumers’ demand for social responsibility and tackling environmental problems makes companies continue improving their governance, even if the corporations do not know how big the impact of ESG management is going to be yet.  

There are also those who haven’t heard of the issues but are still positive about the message that ESG delivers.  

Younger consumers have already been applying many of the ESG standards to their consumption patterns, taking a greater interest in environmental and ethical concerns in particular.  

A sophomore surnamed Lee remembers hearing about a taxi service company run by deaf taxi drivers. After hearing the CEO’s philosophy and attempts to offer opportunities to a marginalized group of people, Lee immediately felt more interested in the business.  

Still, some skeptical voices doubt whether these trends are enough to bring about actual change.  

Data analytics consultant Kwon doesn’t really follow the ESG trend, even though she acknowledges the change is needed. Kwon says there is a danger of people just unconsciously following trends without actually understanding or addressing the principles behind consumer behaviors.  

Anthony Pennings, a professor in the department of technology and society at SUNY Korea, pointed out the impact of social media and public relations on ESG management trends, with some brands capitalizing on its popularity to sell products.  

He says that corporations’ ESG campaigns and policies are spread through social media and the news, and consumers, who are now following the trend for ESG management, are influenced by the exposure, not by the original ESG index.  

Pennings concluded that consumers should make sure to get their news from credible sources to avoid being caught by the PR campaigns.


November 8, 2021

This is a great opportunity to interact with six DTS professors who teach and research in the area of ICT4D.

- Event: DTS Online Forum on ICT for (Sustainable) Development
- Speaker: Dr. Sangchan Park, Dr. James Larson, Dr. Suzana Brown, Dr. Sira Mariphol, Dr. Jinsang Lee, and Dr. Mark Whitaker
- Date: November 8th (Mon), 2021
- Time: 5 PM - 6:20 PM
- Venue: Online Zoom @ -
- Meeting ID: 968 6226 6374
- Passcode: 120872

December 17, 2019

After Korea's government presented on Day 2 of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's Forum on technology in Disaster Risk Reduction, Dr. Larson was discussant of 3 more disaster managers of Indonesia, Mongolia & Philippines. Panel Mod. on Sendai capacity building, Sarah Wade-Apicella, Program Officer, UNDRR ONEA & GETI.

November 8, 2019

Dr. Whitaker's keynote address entitled "From Smart Cities to Smart Regions" presented at International Conference on the Smart City & Future of Human Community co-organized by Gwangmyeong City, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Hybrid Future Culture Institute.

Watch the full keynote address here:

October 21, 2019

DTS’s Chair, Dr. Stokes, was discussant of three papers at Session B.4  “Technology and Innovation,” at the Global Green Growth Institute Conference on Achieving Global Energy Transformation.

October 20, 2019

Two DTS faculty invited as discussants to the Global Green Growth Institute conference, part of Global Green Growth Week. DTS Chair Dr. Stokes was invited for Oct. 22, and Dr. Whitaker was invited for Oct.  21. Ex-United Nations Secretary, General Ban-Ki Moon is the GGGI President.

October 19, 2019

In Kerala, India at #TENCON 2019, DTS's Dr. Suzana Brown presented her paper "Enhancing Performance of Crutches in Challenging Environments  Proposing an Alternative Design and Assessing the Expected Impact" in the Humanitarian Activities Track within #IEEE.

October 17, 2019

From October 17-20, 2019, DTS's Dr. Suzana Brown attended and presented at TENCON, the premier international technical conference of IEEE Region 10. The theme for 2019 was "Technology, Knowledge, and Society."

On October 20, 2019 in Kerala, India, Dr. Brown presented her paper "Enhancing Performance of Crutches in Challenging Environments: Proposing an Alternative Design and Assessing the Expected Impact" in the Humanitarian Activities Track within IEEE*.

For more information about TENCON, check out their website here:

*Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

October 16, 2019

In Kerala, India, DTS's Dr. Suzana Brown attended and presented at #TENCON, the premier international technical conference of #IEEE Region 10. The theme for 2019 was "Technology, Knowledge, and Society."

October 11, 2019

DTS had a faculty retreat at Nest Hotel on island of Incheon Int'l Airport near #SUNYKorea in Songdo, Incheon. Among other topics, we came to some conclusions about how to have good public messaging about the uniqueness of our department. http //

October 11, 2019

On DTS's faculty retreat, our Leading Professor Dr. Young Geun Lee (center), involved in Korean Gov't's master plan of Incheon Int'l Airport, hosts us at a private level of the airport's observatory to explain history and future plans for this world class airport.

September 30, 2019

#ITU Interviews Dr. James Larson, [then the] VP for Academic Affairs, [and still] Chair, Dept. of Technology & Society, of #SUNYKorea; Dr. Larson invited for 2 weeks to collaborate on research/publishing @ ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; https // 7 min video for inline into DTS website

September 12, 2019

Dr. Whitaker used an #ErasmusPlus Grant training mobility to visit the Institute of Political Studies in #Opole Univ., Poland. This is 3rd academic collaboration between our 2 universities & departments. Pics Drs. Czepil, Whitaker, & Opioła--in beautiful Opole.

September 9, 2019

At Inst. of Pol. Studies, Opole Univ., Poland, Dr. Whitaker presents "Media Regimes & Political Dynamics Throughout History". Video The Polish side is continuing the collaboration on another route than smart cities, with an interest in translating SUNY Korea’s MATU survey (Mobile Addiction and Time Use) into Polish for use in Poland. This would make three countries (Korea, USA ,and Poland) using the same survey in ongoing international collaboration on researching the dynamics of mobile addiction. https // He emphasizes how quickly saturated mobile ICT networks ("Regime 7") change socialization then politics.

June 1, 2019

DTS's Dr. Whitaker & alumna Youjin Lee judged at Techstars Startup Weekend 2019, org. by Dr. Chihmao Hsieh, Dir., Global Center for Entrepreneurship; theme "Sustainable Fashion Innovation" in collab. w/#FIT,#SUNYKorea http // http //

May 16, 2019

One of many meetings the #SUNYKorea team had after our presentations @ Asian Development Bank; Drs. Whitaker, Hsieh & Pennings w/ Ayako Inagaki (Dir., Human & Social Development Division (SEHS), SE Asia Dept.) & Yumiko Yamakawa (Edu. Specialist, SEHS, SE Asia Dept.)

May 15, 2019

DTS's Dr. Mark Whitaker & Dr. Hsieh (Founder, Center for Global Entrepreneurship, not shown) of #SUNYKorea present on mobile tech/edu. for #SDGs @ Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines; host Mr. Beran; coord., Ms. Sanvictores (Dr. Pennings shown as well)

May 15, 2019

The #SUNYKorea team at the Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, for presentations and partnership meetings; left to right, Professors Pennings, Whitaker, Hsieh (Founder, Center for Global Entrepreneurship), and Cabuay--crucial for arranging the visit.

May 15, 2019

DTS's Dr. Mark Whitaker & Business Dept. Interim Chair Dr. Chihmao Hsieh (Founder, Center for Global Entrepreneurship) at #SUNYKorea present at the Asian Development Bank, at regular event "Insight Thursday," a 30 minute moderated & broadcasted presentation show.

April 30, 2019

In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, DTS's Dr. Suzana Brown & Dr. Faheem Hussein co-chaired a session about "ICT for Displaced Population & Refugees" at the 15th Int'l Conf. on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. https // #ICT4D #ICT4SD

April 30, 2019

In Tanzania, at the 15th Int'l Conf. on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Dr. Brown met in person Dr. Heeks, renowned founding scholar in #ICT4D/#ICT4SD (who published her work earlier in his journal) & Dr. Heeks' recent Ph.D. grad in ICT4D.

April 23, 2019

Dr. Suzana Brown & student Ali Mass (not pictured) presented a poster at Creative ICT Convergence Korea 2019, at World IT Show 2019, http //; project redesign crutch foot with a more scientific design for weight distribution & uneven surfaces.

April 17, 2019

DTS Prof.'s Cabuay & Whitaker meet with Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact Office in NYC, to discuss potential future plans for coordination between UNAI & #SUNYKorea as a whole like internships & potentially an #ICT4D conference on #SDGs.

April 16, 2019

Dr. Whitaker meets Assistant Secretary-General Tripathi, Head of UN Environmental Program (#UNEP), interested to hear how an online platform for #CommodityEcology can implement #SGDs effectively across 5 billion mobile phones now. #ICT4D https //

April 15, 2019

At UN Secretariat, Prof. Cabuay presents how the UN can more scientifically understand its own social structure to become a more innovative and flexible agent in implementing change.

April 15, 2019

At UN Secretariat Dr. Whitaker presents how his UNAI-recognized #CommodityEcology https // as a mobile app gives a universal online platform for consumers & producers to make local sustainable partnerships to implement #SDGs. https //

April 11, 2019

Public Lecture Series on Faculty Research, 5 of 7 Dr. Jin-Sang Lee, "Perspectives on African Development and Korean Partnership" https // #SUNYKorea

March 26, 2019

Public Lecture Series on Faculty Research, 2 of 7 Dr. Anthony Pennings, "How IT Came to Rule the World From the Cold War and Globalization of Digital Finance to Net-Centric Commerce and the Democratic Prospects of Social Media" https // #SUNYKorea

March 15, 2019

DTS Prof.'s Cabuay & Whitaker (w/ Prof. Hsieh; Founder, Center for Global Entrepreneurship) present on mobile tech/edu. for #SDGs @ United Nations Secretariat Building, NYC; host Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Chief, UN Academic Impact Office. #SUNYKorea #ICT4D #ICT4SD

October 16, 2018

Dr. Wojceich Opioła (Deputy Director, Institute of Political Studies, Univ. of Opole, Poland) presented his research on "Cross-Border Cooperation A European Perspective on Korean Situations," followed by discussion if same development strategies can work in Korea.

October 12, 2018

Dr. Wojceich Opioła (Dep. Dir., Inst. of Pol. Studies, U. of Opole, Poland; research on border development) visited us. Dr. Pennings & Dr. Whitaker met him on an #ErasmusPlus trip to Opole. We explore how future students can visit Europe for study/interchange.

May 24, 2018

Dr. Whitaker & Erasmus+ Visiting Scholar of smart cities, Sabina Baraniewicz-Kotasińska, interviewed Dr. Jong-Sung Hwang (VP,ICT Policy Group,Korean Nat. Information Society Agency). Thanks to him & Dir. Yoon-Seok Ko (Dept. of ICT Convergence), generous w/their time.

May 22, 2018

During her Korean research visit about smart cities and Songdo, Sabina Baraniewicz-Kotasińska, the Polish Erasmus+ Visiting Scholar from the U. of Opole, gave her talk entitled “Models of Smart City Governance,” at Dept. of Technology & Society, at SUNY Korea.

May 15, 2018

In Poland, Dr. Whitaker presented his talk "The Mobile is the Message Modern ICT Development in Comparative Historical Perspective, and as a New Development Theory,” at the conference "Issues of Regional Politics in an International Perspective," @ Kamień Śląski.

May 14, 2018

In Poland, Dr. Pennings presented his talk “Urban Creative Economies in a Global Context”, the 1st presentation at the conference entitled "Issues of Regional Politics in an International Perspective," host, Inst. of Political Science, U. of Opole, @ Kamień Śląski.

May 13, 2018

In Poland, opening the conference "Issues of Regional Politics in an International Perspective," host, Institute of Political Science, U. of Opole, @ Kamień Śląski. Department Erasmus+ Coordinator, Dr. Bartosz Czepil, crucial in finalizing our trip. Thanks, Bartosz.

May 10, 2018

After collaborating online for almost a year to make the Erasmus+ mobility grant happen, Drs. Pennings and Whitaker have their first physical meeting with Sabina in Poland after a long flight—early morning at Poland's Chopin Int'l Airport in the capital of Warszawa.

April 30, 2018

Drs. Pennings & Whitaker traveled from modern Warsaw (see the massive Samsung complex, the Warsaw Spire), to rural Opole via a 3-hour train across the relaxing Polish countryside, to our Erasmus+ research exchange at U. of Opole & our conference. [1] Warsaw/Warszawa; [2] traveling and arriving in beautiful Opole, the provincial capital and a major college town in southwest Poland; 3] pictures of Opole, Poland, the recently and beautifully restored city site of our Erasmus+ academic interchange

December 11, 2017

DTS Chair Dr. James Larson & Dr. Jin-Sang Lee presented at the 7th International Skills Forum at the Asian Development Bank, in Manila, Philippines. Additionally pictured is their #ADB host Mr. Sungsup Ra & attendee Annie Koh of Singapore Management University.

December 11, 2017

VP & DTS Chair Dr. James Larson @ 7th Int'l Skills Forum (Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines) explains how #SUNYKorea solved challenges of digital tech in education via a #FlippedLearning initiative & by embracing a mobile future; video link for the website here https //