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 for particular [...]
A convoy with loads of manufactured goods from the Kaesong Industrial Park drives towards South Korea. (Donna Miles / DOD)

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 [...]

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 the DPRK Music Channel, [...]
A computer with Internet connection at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

TV Review: Educating North Korea

The BBC’s Panorama news documentary series visited The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology recently for a revealing look behind the unique school. The program, broadcast on BBC One on February 3, begins summarizing the Kim’s control over the country and its people and reminds us that Kim [...]

North Korea’s Red Star OS goes Mac

Poor Microsoft. It seems North Korea doesn’t like the traditional Windows-look anymore. The latest version of the country’s home-grown operating system, Red Star Linux, has been restyled and ships with a desktop that closely resembles Apple’s Mac OSX. The previous version was based on the popular [...]

Japan, US to increase intelligence sharing

Japan is sharing an increasing amount of intelligence information with the United States and emerging as a great partner in East Asia, the U.S. director of national intelligence said Thursday. Speaking during a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, James Clapper said [...]
A computer terminal at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology shows a web page (Will Scott)

Internet access, computers and high-tech life at PUST

Will Scott, a computer scientist from Washington state, just returned from several months as a guest lecturer at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). In an interview with North Korea Tech and in posts on Reddit, Scott spoke about what it’s like to be at PUST. This is part two [...]
A computer terminal at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology shows a web page (Will Scott)

Experiences of a PUST teacher

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) is one of the more ambitious international ventures in North Korea of the last few years. Almost ten years in planning, PUST is the country’s first privately-run university and backed with funds from evangelical Christian organizations in the [...]
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