Life in North Korea remains quite dark. Unlike their ancestors, the current ruler Kim Jong-un was educated in Europe. However, contrary to what you might think, your education is comparatively liberal, has not done that to rule differently than their predecessors.
Even so, Kim Jong-un himself has yielded to the pressure of modern life, nothing more and nothing less than to the internet.
Although it is too complicated to get current statistics and concrete, but that it has knowledge of the use of the internet is becoming more and more common among the inhabitants of North Korea. It seems strange that such a developed country starts to open to the internet at this point, right?
Below we will show you what kind of approach have the north koreans with the technology:
1 – Almost nobody used the Internet
While in North Korea you can enjoy the Internet, the access is very limited and is only allowed to foreigners and the elite.
The majority of the people access to a network of internal Internet, completely isolated from the outside world called “Kwangmyong”. The websites that you can visit are, in their majority, the institutions of North Korea.
2 – desktop computers are a luxury available only to the richest
Only the elite or the students who are fortunate enough to study at the University of Pyongyang have personal computers. There are also PCs available in internet cafes and schools, although its use is very guarded, of course.
3 – North Korea has banned Facebook, but design an imitation
Despite the fact that North Korea has banned access to Facebook, it seems that the regime liked the concept and wanted to get rid of it. The country created a copy that was discovered last year by the researcher Dougs Madory.
The imitation was fully functional. It allowed users to register for e-mail and post messages and photos on their profiles.
4 – Only 1 of every 10 north koreans have a smartphone
Like other developing countries, the north koreans have been left to one side the fixed phones, PCs and broadband to embrace the power and versatility of smartphones.
There are around 3 million users of these devices as opposed to the owners of computers, which only reach to a few hundreds of thousands, according to estimates Andrei Lankov, author of “The Real North Korea”.
5 – can’t make international calls
The main company of North Korea, Koryolink, does not allow international calls. Even so, the citizens who live near the border of china used phones imported and SIM cards to call relatives who fled the country.
Unfortunately, this is a risky business, since the regime arrests anyone who is using a phone that is imported.
5 – tablets chinese are only for the elite
The tablet Woolim was presented last year by security researcher Florian Grunow, Niklaus Schiess and Manuel Lubetzki. Has No Wifi or Bluetooth and the operating system runs a modified version of Android.
Despite the fact that these devices are manufactured in China and sold at a relatively low cost (250€), the tablets are still inaccessible for the majority of the north koreans.
7 – The computers run a Linux-based system…
North korea has built its own operating system called “Red Star” that, according to security researchers from Germany Florian Grunow and Niklaus Schiess, includes a service word processing, calendar and service of musical composition.
As the north koreans use USB memory sticks smuggled from China to exchange movies, news, and other media illegally, the operating system is able to mark the files so that these can be tracked when they are transferred.
8- … but it has a strange resemblance to OS X
Apart from his paranoia built in, the operating system is much like the operating systems of western developed by Apple.
9 – access to the PC is so limited that USB sticks are a fashion accessory
Computers are so rare that young people who live in the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, use usb flash drives as fashion accessories.
10 – Nothing new on tv
The tvs are not unusual in North Korea, as it is a useful way for the government to distribute propaganda in bulk. However, the channels are pre-tuned to stations north and the police visit regularly to the homes to check if the settings have been manipulated.