Articles by Martyn Williams

Inside North Korea’s cell phone use

North Koreans used cell phone messaging to independently organize a soccer group, surprising authorities, according to a new report on cell phone usage in the country. The soccer club was apparently organized by a group at Kim Chaek University of Technology in Pyongyang, and could be…



Red Star 3.0 desktop images posted

If you want to give your computer desktop a touch of North Korea’s Red Star Linux without installing the operating system, now you can. Will Scott, the computer scientist who brought back a copy of the new operating system last year, has posted the desktop…


Lost phone found in Pyongyang?

A smartphone that was lost in South Korea has apparently surfaced in Pyongyang. A South Korean Internet used posted a screenshot from Google’s Android Device Manager that shows the phone on Sungri Street (승리거리) in Pyongyang. The page says the location accuracy is 75 meters….


A new look at North Korea

Most people who read this blog will be familiar with the image of the two Koreas at nighttime by a NASA satellite On January 30, 2014, an astronaut on the International Space Station used a Nikon D3S camera to capture a new image of the…


Sochi Olympics coverage on KCTV

Every time the Olympics or World Cup com around, there’s the question of whether viewers in the DPRK will be able to see the major sporting events. North Korea’s KCTV often manages to air portions of the events, but only with technical assistance from other…


DPRK again one from bottom on press freedom ranking

North Korea has held on to its position as the second-worst country in the world for press freedoms, according to the latest annual survey by Reporters Without Borders. The report, published on Wednesday, put North Korea at position 179. During 2013, the country was singled out…


Internet coming to Kaesong Industrial Zone

Officials from North and South Korea have come to an agreement that should allow limited Internet access inside the Kaesong Industrial Zone, the jointly-run manufacturing complex just north of the inter-Korean border. The agreement was reached during talks on Friday, according to reports quoting South…


North Korea YouTube List updated

It’s been almost a year since I published the second edition of The North Korea YouTube List, a survey of YouTube channels that carry material related to North Korea. The latest version includes several new channels and changes throughout. Perhaps the biggest change is that…