By Sonya Patcharapinyopong
Are you as addicted Twitter, Facebook and YouTube like I am?
If you live in North Korea, you would not be able to even access those websites because Internet has been blocked. There is no Internet access in North Korea unless you are in the “elite” group.
Although they only have on cybercafe in North Korea, which is located in Pyongyang, the systems is not even run by windows but a technology system called “Red Star” that was created by the late Kim Jong-il himself.
We all know that North Korea is a propaganda country and that limiting the Internet because it could potentially cause “harm” to the North Koreans is just something the government wants to control because it was also announced that North Korea now has 3G network data connection but still no Internet.
This will lead to the difficulty of foreign visitors in North Korea to post and update real-time information about North Korea to the outside community due to the new restrictions.
As such, the downfall of this new restrictions could also lead to the limitations of information generated within North Korea to know about what the outside world is posting or talking about them.
Foreigners who entered North Korea was allowed to use local sim cards that has 3G Internet access which allowed them to stream real-time live videos to the outside world. However, the government feared that the locals would then try to find ways into the Internet and gather information about them.
Although the government had made announcement that blocking YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is only “for a limited period of time”, other sites such as Voice of America, South Korean media sites, gambling and adult websites have been blocked off as well.
The government also added that there will be punishments according to North Korean law if anyone tries to hack into such sites. However, the law of punishment was not mentioned.