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Google Chairman Joins Elite Few to Glimpse Net in N. Korea

9:36 AM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Google chairman Eric Schmidt's glimpse of the Web being used at a top university in Pyongyang makes him part of a tiny elite that has seen the Internet in North Korea.

His four day visit to the North was a golden propaganda opportunity for North Korean officials striving to give one of the world's most closed societies a modern, tech-savvy face.

But the images of students surfing the Web in a brightly lit, spacious computer lab were far removed from daily reality for most North Koreans.

Access to the Internet is all but impossible for ordinary North Koreans and even the very few lucky enough to get online are subject to strict oversight of each click and every Web site.

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