The Korean internet censorship can be broken down into three periods.
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In the first eight months of 1996, ICEC roughly took down 220,000 messages on Internet sites.
This allowed the ICEC to engage in more sophisticated internet policing and allowed other bureaucratic entities to monitor the internet for illegal speech or take down websites that violate the laws.
During this time, there was a political drive to increase extensive internet censorship with large number of cases of suicide beginning to rise from online rumors.
In 2007, over 200,000 incidents of cyberbullying were reported.
Some unique elements to South Korea include the blocking of North Korea-related content, which led to it being categorized as "pervasive" in the conflict/security area by Open Net Initiative.
The country also blocks material in the social area, Throughout the internet age, South Korean government’s Internet censorship policies have been transformed dramatically.
According to Michael Breen, censorship in South Korea is rooted in the South Korean government's historical tendency to see themselves as "the benevolent parent of the masses".
However, anonymity on the internet has undermined the system of Korean honorifics and social hierarchies, making it easier for South Koreans to subject political leaders to "humiliation".
The third period started in 2008, when the presidential election of President Lee Myung-bak inaugurated major reforms in the broadcast censorship.
In 2008, the government passed a law that created a new agency called the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC).
The KCSC is South Korea’s Internet censorship body and replacing the ICEC. The first major change by the Lee Myung-bak government was to require websites with over 100,000 daily visitors to require their users to register their real name and social security numbers.