When the passenger ferry Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in April 2014, killing 304 passengers and crew including around 250 students from Danwon High School in Ansan City, it was not only a technological and engineering disaster but a social and political one. The sinking and the government's response to it set off a social movement for safety, accountability, democracy, and memory that continues to this day.
Chihyung Jeon is associate professor in KAIST's Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy and was one of the writers for the final reports of the Sewol Investigation Commission (2017-18) and the Special Investigation Commission on Humidifier Disinfectants and April 16 Sewol Ferry Disasters (2018-2022).
Seulgi Lee is a PhD student in Science and Technology Policy at KAIST.
Scott Gabriel Knowles is KAIST Endowed Chair Professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, deputy director of the Center for Anthropocene Studies, and assistant vice president of the International Office at KAIST.
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