Technology

Articles focused on the uses and abuses of technology in North Korea.

Monday 1st May, 2017
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Who is Lee Jungrok, and how did he get promoted to Minister of State Security? ...

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Wednesday 28th September, 2016
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Inside source reports that stricter inspections and wider detection of illegal phone calls are being enforced in North Korea, to prevent communication and movement among North Koreans in the aftermath...

Wednesday 22nd July, 2015
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Young North Korean refugees reveal that North Koreans are yet to use emoji and shorthand when texting, and that an increasing number of youth are purchasing handsets....

Friday 31st October, 2014
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The petty tales of romance and drama carried by the "recorders" are opening up a new world for the people inside North Korea, little by little....

Thursday 10th July, 2014
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Distributions of cell-phones made as part of efforts to aid surveillance agents in preventing North Koreans escaping the country....

Wednesday 16th October, 2013
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The weather, anyone?...

Friday 23rd August, 2013
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As North Korea unveils new smartphone, Chinese mobile phones still dominate in the country...

Monday 8th July, 2013
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Technology as a catalyst for social change?...

Monday 24th June, 2013
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Foreign books, broadcasts, CDs and DVDs are forbidden in North Korea, and ordinary citizens caught with any of this material face severe penalties. Approved TVs and radios are set to receive only offi...

Wednesday 3rd April, 2013
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While North Korea’s theme parks may be brightly lit, its people live in pitch darkness Smart TVs, coffee makers, irons, game consoles, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners: these products are some of ...

Thursday 21st March, 2013
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The recent computer attacks on South Korea’s banks and media organizations have pushed the possibilities of North Korean hacking into the news. In this piece, we draw from our sources within Nor...