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North Korea Opens .kp Sites On the Internet 175

Posted by timothy
from the best-place-for-them-really dept.
eldavojohn writes "What an auspicious day for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea! To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, North Korea will no longer depend on Chinese national internet service to reach the outside world — they have their own connection and are hosting sites like the state run media. The article mentions that about a thousand websites are coming online, including services like Skype and Twitter. From where I sit in the United States, I can't seem to get any .kp TLD sites to resolve, but the news is promising if in fact it will bring more information to the information-starved masses of North Korea."
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North Korea Opens .kp Sites On the Internet

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  • I recall reading somewhere that radios imported from China could be bought in North Korea, but you were legally obliged to have the radio modified so that it could receive only the government broadcasts. A similar law existed in much of the former Communist Bloc.
  • by SmallFurryCreature (593017) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @04:33PM (#33847256) Journal

    The above is accurate ALTHOUGH the accusations COULD be put on different countries. The USSR shot down a korean plane that came into its airspace and the US has shot down a Iranian airliner claiming it was an wave of fighter aircraft (despite being far slower climbing constansly and only firing ONE missle at SEVERAL incoming aircraft (real naval action would have been to throw everything at incoming fighters including the kitchen sink after the experience at the falklands)) and as for mas starvation, how many indians died of that again after forced relocation to inhostipable regions of the US to make way for white settlers?

    Ancient history? Yeah, that is convenient BUT this ancient history IS being remembered by people around the globe who use it to excuse their own injustices. It is a very powerful excuse. China does not want north korea but it wants the vassal state of south korea even less. That would mean US forces right at its borders. North Korea abducting Japanse citizens? Gosh, somehow I don't see China caring. That would be like Israel caring about germans getting killed. Japan is not wel liked in the region. Something about being a nation riddled with war crimes and never making attonement for it might have something to do with it.

    And so North Korea continues to happen. As a buffer against the US as a way of saying "No, rampant captalism will NOT overrun the entire world" as a way of not having to answer just why this was allowed to go on.

    And lets face it, IF NK is going to collapse, who is going to pay for it? The reunification of germany cost western germany dearly and is still not going smoothly. The collapse of the USSR has made the world less safe and make life in those regions far less free. One dictartorship fell, countless replaced it.

    The world ain't a nice place. NK is one of most not nice places around but it happens because the rest of the world isn't nice enough to stop it. And that includes people like BKMOORE, the parent, who claim SK is only legitimate government... yah. That government never did any wrong. Nope...

    AND that is what fuels division and allows NK to exist. If you want to change the world, you got to start with yourself. SK is puppet government that has become legit because it has made economic success so people forgot about the past. If you want to convince the NK that it must change its way, claiming money makes right is not going to do it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 09, 2010 @05:11PM (#33847480)

    I have some scripts which periodically scan DPRK ips, and found a few things recently.

    There is a news site at http://175.45.179.68

    There are a couple http/https servers with self-signed certs for domains which dont yet exist:
    176.45.176.6/7

    And there are cisco routers at 175.45.176.131, 175.45.177.193,194,197,198,201

  • by chazchaz101 (871891) on Saturday October 09, 2010 @07:14PM (#33848270)
    Why on earth is all the text on that news site in Arial except the names Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, which are always in Tahoma?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 09, 2010 @08:17PM (#33848654)

    I have a friend who is a ham radio operator who took his equipment on a cruise. The cruise ship was being repositioned, so they went around much of the Pacific (my friend is retired). Off the coast of North Korea, he could hear their hams talking. As soon as he tried to contact someone, the air went silent followed shortly by an extremely high power broadcast extolling the virtues of Kim Jong Il. My friend was using a Japanese call sign.

    My point is that the equipment and expertise to do some of the things you mention does exist in North Korea. No doubt a few people do listen illegally to broadcasts out of South Korea. But that few people will never be the majority of the people or even a significant minority. I don't think you can overestimate the level of control the government has over the people, down to the psychological level where they can't even imagine having an open conversation or circumventing the government controls on their radios.

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