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Dot-KP domain names are back

North Korea’s Dot-KP domain name system returned to the Internet in the last few days. (See the bottom of this post for updates.) Offline for months, the service has resumed via servers run by Star JV, the Internet joint venture formed by the North Korean…


KP domains could be back online soon

North Korea’s dot-kp domain space could be back on the Internet soon. Domain name servers responsible for dot-kp have been offline for several months as have a handful of websites that used them. With no servers the entire dot-kp address space, which only amounted to…


South seeks block on DPRK Internet propaganda

South Korea’s government is planning to further restrict its citizens from accessing, discussing or forwarding North Korean propaganda activity on social-networking services, such as Twitter. The plans were outlined in the Justice Ministry’s plan for 2011, which was presented on Tuesday, although lacked specifics. The…


Koryolink Q3 2010 results

Third-quarter financial results for Koryolink have been announced by majority-owner Orascom Telecom and what a quarter it was! The network managed record growth and revenue, thanks largely to network expansion. Koryolink is North Korea’s only 3G cellular network and is operated by CHEO Technology, a…


North Korea gets a new PDA

North Korean shops have begun selling a new PDA (personal digital assistant), according to the blog of a Russian studying in the country. The Pyongyang Show and Tell blog, which also introduced us to Red Flag Linux, has some pictures of the PDA and a…


How digital technology helps get news from North Korea

Today I had the chance to meet and hear Jiro Ishimaru of AsiaPress speak at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. He was there to talk about how the Japanese news agency manages a small network of North Koreans who report from inside the country…


South Korea now blocking new KCNA site

South Korea has begun blocking domestic access to the recently launched KCNA website that operates from North Korea’s IP space. Internet users trying to access the site now get redirected to the National Police Agency’s static warning page. The move isn’t a surprise. The writing…


Pyongyang gets social

Uriminzokkiri.com, the closest thing North Korea has to an official home page, got social in July when it joined Twitter and Facebook. The move generated lots of publicity and helped drive Internet users to follow its tweets and status-updates, but also drew the attention of…