Twitter in Pyongyang: how North Korea got the mobile internet

“Hello world from comms center in #Pyongyang.”That Twitter missive, sent Monday from Koryolink’s main service centre in downtown Pyongyang using my iPhone, marked a milestone for North Korea: it was believed to be the first tweet sent from a mobile phone using the country’s new 3G mobile data service.Later, as we were driving through Pyongyang, I used my iPhone to snap a photo of a new roadside banner referring to North Korea’s controversial 12 February nuclear test while the Associated Press’s chief Asia photographer David Guttenfelder uploaded an image to Instagram of a tour guide at a mountain temple, geotagged to Pyongyang.Pretty ordinary stuff in the world of social media, but revolutionary for North Korea, a country with intricate rules to stage manage the flow of images and information both inside and beyond its borders.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/feb/28/twitter-north-korea-mobile-internet

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