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U.S. intelligence: N. Korea using Internet to indoctrinate the masses

The communist government in North Korea is using information technology and the Internet to indoctrinate Koreans and spread propaganda.

N. Korean soldiers stand guard while European diplomats cross the military demarcation line which separates the two Koreas at the Panmunjom truce village, on Dec. 12.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
According to a U.S. intelligence report, Pyongyang installed a nationwide fiber-optic cable network in 2000 and began a nationwide intranet known as Kwangmyong 2000 that year.

In September 2001, the North Koreans connected to the Internet in Shenyang, China, for the first time permitting email to be sent to the country.

"Indeed, Pyongyang is using [information technology] to indoctrinate the public and put its propaganda before foreign audiences," the report states. "In addition to studying the party line through regular group reading of [government-run] Nodong Sinmun in hard copy, a practice for indoctrinating members of work units throughout North Korea, the installation of computer networks now brings the newspaper to some workplaces on line."

North Korea also has put its propaganda on the Internet through outlets such as the official Korean Central News Agency web site and an Internet site run by North Korean residents in Japan. Pyongyang also has placed two official newspapers, the Minju Choson and Nodong Sinmun, on websites that originate in China.

The four-page unclassified report, "North Korea: Channeling Foreign Information Technology, Information to Regime Goals," states that North Korea is working with Koreans abroad and other foreign partners to obtain information technology through joint ventures, dispatching software developers overseas and giving its scientists access to foreign data.

East-Asia-Intel,, December 12, 2003
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