North Korea to connect to the internet

There is reporting in the Korean press, mostly in Korean, that North Korea is set to connect its internal internet to the global internet. In November, the Korea Times reports (in English) that ICANN is expected to approve North Korea’s ccTLD of “kp”.According to a professor at Dongguk University, Koh Yoo-hwan, “Kim Jong-il has great interest in the information technology sector.” Further, Pyongyang “has kept its network closed from the outside because it was concerned about the Web’s possible influence on its regime. But if it wants to come out to the international society, it is inevitable to utilize the Internet, first of all.”For The Korea Times article, click here. Articles in Korean are available here and here.

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