The Hankyoreh Human and Digital Lab establish this award to increase user sovereignty and technological values in a digital environment. It was created to encourage and promote outstanding achievements by evaluating human-friendly digital technologies. Since the first awards ceremony in 2015, this evaluation and awards ceremony has been held annually. This award selects and promotes superior technologies by the users’ wishes and social values so that convenient digital technologies may evolve into safer and happier tools for the users. The award is selected through a multifaceted evaluation of the various outstanding devices in terms of social influence and which offer significant value among Korea's digital and internet-based services.
Since smartphones have become popular, our daily lives and social relationships are highly dependent on digital technologies and services. User sovereignty is becoming important to use advanced digital technologies smarter and more convenient. This is because digital technology often puts developers or corporate needs ahead of users due to its versatility, complexity, and fiercely competitive environment.
Human Technology Awards serve to provide information that is helpful to users and suggest greater value for technology. “Human-friendly technology” has become a major value not only in consumer rights, but also in societies for businesses and developers. Technology must consider users and be trustworthy in order to be sustainable and successful in the global market.
The Human-Technology Award evaluates examples of people-friendly digital technology among widely used digital services and devices. The main subjects of these evaluations are a variety of digital technologies by big companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, public institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Low-profile cases with innovative and future-oriented values and people, organizations, policies, and legislative activities contributing to people-friendly digital technology are also included as targets of particular interest for evaluation.
The Human Technology Award focuses on digital social and cultural innovations such as value creation, information sharing, and public interest as well as user friendliness including convenience, safety and creativity of digital users.
Preparation of Review Improvement Plan
Launch of Judging
Candidate Group Confirmed
Public Statement Evaluation
Selection of Awarded Candidates
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