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A double-edged sword : Information technology in North Korea

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  • Bruce, Scott Thomas
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Title A double-edged sword
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Information technology in North Korea

Material Type Reports
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Bruce, Scott Thomas

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Honolulu:East-West Center

Date 2012-10
Series Title; No AsiaPacific Issues / 105
Pages 8
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < IT
Holding East-West Center

Abstract

With North Korea's tightly controlled and isolated population, the rise of information technology—specifically cell phones and an intranet—is an unprecedented development. In the last decade, a domestic intranet was launched and a cell phone network was created. Both of these form a closed, domestic system, which the regime hopes will allow for productivity gains from increased coordination and the sharing of state-approved information, while keeping out foreign influences. North Korea is now confronted with the challenge of how to reap the economic benefits of an IT system, while avoiding the social instability that may accompany it. The country has made a fundamental shift from a state that limits access to information technology to ensure the security of the regime, to one that is willing to use it as a tool, at least among a certain privileged class, to support the development of the nation. (The rest omitted)