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Google's Eric Schmidt  (Source:
The search giant would likely love to tap into this untouched sector with its Android mobile operating system, Gmail and Google search/Chrome browser technologies

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt recently visited North Korea in an effort to end the internet ban.

Schmidt made the trip with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who said that North Korea is "anxious" to improve its relationship with the United States. The two spent four days in North Korea, where they visited the capital city of Pyongyang.

“As the world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world,” said Schmidt. “The government has to do something -- they have to make it possible for people to use the internet, which the government in North Korea has not yet done. It is time now for them to start or they will remain behind.”

According to Bloomberg, North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has called for greater use of technology, including the Internet. But the internet is banned in the country -- instead, citizens use a domestic intranet service called Naenara.

Schmidt added that the 1 million cell phones in North Korea could easily be retooled to offer Internet access. The search giant would likely love to tap into this untouched sector with its Android mobile operating system, Gmail and Google search/Chrome browser technologies.

This isn't Google's first mission to open up the Internet in countries that are highly censored. In 2010, Google decided to stop censoring search results in China following attacks made on the search engine from two schools in the country.

The Obama administration opposed Schmidt's trek to North Korea, but Schmidt called it a "private humanitarian mission.”

Source: Bloomberg

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By chromal on 1/10/2013 2:26:35 PM , Rating: 5
As North Korean power seems to be based upon keep their citizens ignorant of the world as it actually is, I don't have much hope that they'll throw open the Internet floodgates.

RE: quixotic
By MegaHustler on 1/10/2013 3:49:46 PM , Rating: 5
Showing results for how to go to prison
Search instead for democracy

RE: quixotic
By AnnihilatorX on 1/11/2013 9:12:08 AM , Rating: 2
If you want the best oxymoron the world has to offer

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

RE: quixotic
By Ringold on 1/10/2013 6:21:08 PM , Rating: 4
China made the transition, Vietnam kinda has. Cuba is starting to work on it.

It's been done before, but you're right in that it's not easy. Could China have possibly done it without the right man being in the right place at the right time, namely Deng Xiaoping? I doubt it, just as we in America had a lot of rather incredibly far-sighted people that happened to all be alive and in the right place at the right time in the 1700s.

RE: quixotic
By Alexvrb on 1/11/2013 11:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
He doesn't care about opening floodgates. He went over there as a salesman.

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