A new look at newspapers on KCTV

Earlier this month, Korean Central Television rolled out updated opening graphics for its 5pm and 8pm evening newscasts. A closer look at the programming reveals it wasn’t the only part of the newscast that was given a new look. The newspaper review, which is a staple of the early evening 5pm [...]

China detecting illegal border crossings with satellite

China is using a high-resolution earth observation satellite to detect illegal border crossings from the DPRK, Chinese state media reported on Monday. The Gaofen-1 satellite has been used to discover “about 10″ such crossings both on the China-DPRK border and in the Xinjiang Uygur region of [...]
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receive credentials from newly-appointed Permanent Representatives to the United Nations:

DPRK takes Ulchi war games protest to UN

North Korea has taken its protest of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian war games to the United Nations. Ja Song Nam, the DPRK’s ambassador to the U.N. sent a letter earlier this week to the president of the Security Council protesting the exercise, which is due to begin this weekend and involves thousands [...]
Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, I Corps Commanding General, is briefed by his staff in the I Corps joint operations center in Camp Yongin, South Korea, during a combined arms rehearsal meeting Aug. 21. (DOD Photo / Daniel Schroeder)

Ulchi Freedom Guardian means lots of computers

As a computer-based war-game, the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise that begins this week in South Korea requires lots and lots of computers. In pictures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Defense, some of those computers and the complexity of the set-up can be seen. The images and a video [...]
A portion of a proposal from the Pyongyang Kwangmyong IT Corp. presented to Russia's APKIT. (Photo: North Korea Tech)

North Korea proposes expanding work with Russian IT companies

A North Korean state IT company has approached Russia’s Information and Computer Technologies Industry Association (APKIT) proposing a greater working relationship with Russian IT companies. The country apparently wants to win business from Russian companies and the Pyongyang Kwangmyong IT [...]
Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, I Corps Commanding General, briefs Admiral Choi Yoon Hee, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Republic of Korea, about the operations with the Third ROK Army and I Corps in preparation for Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise at Camp Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 20. (DOD Photo / Daniel Schroeder)

First photos from Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014

The U.S. Department of Defense has released the first photos from the 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014 joint military exercise that has just begun in South Korea. The computer-based exercise simulates South Korean defense of a North Korean attack and, not surprisingly, have North Korea angry. The [...]

KCTV updates its evening news graphics

North Korea’s main evening news bulletin has a new look. Korean Central Television has updated the opening sequence of the 8pm evening news program for the first time since September 2012. The new graphics begin with a map of the world, zooming into the DPRK and then a wall of clips from the [...]
Park Yeon Mi, a defector from North Korea, speaks to attendees at the Hack North Korea event in San Francisco on August 2, 2014

“Hack North Korea” focuses Silicon Valley on information flow

A hackathon that aimed to find new ways to get information in, out and around North Korea took place over the weekend in San Francisco. The event, called “Hack North Korea,” was organized by New York-based charity Human Rights Foundation and brought together programmers, human rights campaigners [...]
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