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Information technology and social controls in North Korea

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  • Information technology and social controls in North Korea
  • Bruce, Scott Thomas
  • Korea Economic Institute of America


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Title Information technology and social controls in North Korea
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Bruce, Scott Thomas

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Washington, DC:Korea Economic Institute of America

Date 2014-01
Series Title; No Academic Paper Series
Pages 8
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Government and Law < Internal Conflict
Holding Korea Economic Institute of America

Abstract

To mitigate the risk of social unrest, the North Korean government has attempted to integrate information technology into its system of social controls. Cell phones and other communications technology are a material incentive for the North Korean elite, as well as a means of controlling information for the population. Penalties for possession of forbidden technology or the misuse of approved technology are harsh. Although the North Korean government seems confident that this social control system will allow the DPRK to take advantage of the positive elements of these technologies while minimizing the social impact on the population, the North Koreans privileged enough to access this technology can communicate in ways that are unprecedented in the history of the state.
Rather than expecting cell phones, the intranet and the Internet to induce a radical change in the North Korean state, policy- makers should adopt a more cautious approach. (The rest omitted)