Once the internet starts in any country, citizens in that country can certainly build on top of it, but the government has to do one thing: open up the Internet first. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government of North Korea has not yet done. It is their choice now, and in my view, it’s time for them to start, or they will remain behind.
Google's Schmidt rolled into North Korea, a country where millions are starving, and declared that they need to embrace the internet? This reminds me of the story of a French princess who, upon hearing that the peasants had no bread, declared "Let them eat cake". Schmidt seems oblivious to the true needs of the N. Korean people!
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I don't think it's a "let them eat cake" scenario at all. Free, unrestricted access to the Internet is the most liberating and empowering thing a person can have in the 21st century, in any country.
They are starving/etc because they think its normal. My dad used to work for a company that had a contract for some North Korean thing loong ago all hushy hushy like but w/e. The point is the NK delegation that came over said that the firm bribed people to park their cars in the parking lot because there is no way that there can be 30 "new looking" cars in the lot like that.
They seriously believe that North Korea is well ahead of the world and its the best place in the universe to be. They have never seen the outside world and if they had open internet access it would be the biggest disillusion in the last 100 years or so. The Govt would never do it because honestly it would most likely lead to massive riots and all kinds of violence and crap.
There are plenty videos on Youtube of people that snuck cameras into NK and did documentaries there, do yourself a favour and look at some.
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