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BBC Cites InterMedia Report on North Korea


North Korea has one of the most restrictive internet policies in the world, according to a recent article on BBC News, North Korea: On the net in world’s most secretive nation.  But many think that the tight control maintained by the government is beginning to wane.  The most opportunities – and risks – for North Korean citizens come from mobile phones smuggled in from China.

The article quotes InterMedia’s Nat Kretchen discussing a report he co-authored: A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment.  The report, based on more than 400 interviews of adults who defected from North Korea, gives details of the extent to which people would go to use mobile technology, a serious crime for those not authorized to do so.  Many use cell phones only once, and then for less than two minutes.

The report, and article, detail how some information is getting into North Korea, and the difficulties for the North Korean regime to move forward technologically while still restricting the information flow to its citizens.

 

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BBC Cites InterMedia Report on North Korea


North Korea has one of the most restrictive internet policies in the world, according to a recent article on BBC News, North Korea: On the net in world’s most secretive nation.  But many think that the tight control maintained by the government is beginning to wane.  The most opportunities – and risks – for North Korean citizens come from mobile phones smuggled in from China.

The article quotes InterMedia’s Nat Kretchen discussing a report he co-authored: A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment.  The report, based on more than 400 interviews of adults who defected from North Korea, gives details of the extent to which people would go to use mobile technology, a serious crime for those not authorized to do so.  Many use cell phones only once, and then for less than two minutes.

The report, and article, detail how some information is getting into North Korea, and the difficulties for the North Korean regime to move forward technologically while still restricting the information flow to its citizens.

 

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