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Korean Presidential Candidate Promises to Cut Ties That Bind Netizens to Internet Explorer

South Korea might be leading the way in delivering high-speed braodband, but a government regulation from the 1990s about online encryption has tied many web users to a relic of the web: Internet Explorer. That’s because authorities mandated, The Register points out, “a home-grown 128-bit SSL encryption standard” for online shopping that “requires users to install Microsoft ActiveX plug-in to work and therefore needs Internet Explorer.”

The independent candidate for South Korean president, Ahn Cheol-soo, has promised to open things up, backing the protest group OpenWeb in its calls for a more “free, open and fair internet.” That would be good news for Chrome and Firefox in the Korean market.

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