DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.12

The DPRK Business Monthly, an international business report edited in Beijing, has been made available to CanKor readers by its editor, Paul White. Please check the  current January 2013 edition here: DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.12

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (left) and Google chairman Eric Schmidt (Photo by AP)

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (left) and Google chairman Eric Schmidt (Photo by AP)

Titles of articles found in this issue include:

  • Google Head Visits Pyongyang
  • Virtual Suggestions: Google and North Korea
  • DPRK Never Has Been Hermetically Sealed
  • Another US Entrepreneur Honorary Pyongyang Citizen
  • NK Relaxes Cell Phone Rules for Foreigners
  • NK Eyes More Foreign Media Outlets: AP Vice-president
  • Grain, Fertilizer Imports from China Fall Sharply
  • Western Instructors Train N. Koreans in Statistics
  • NK Seeks German Help to Open Economy
  • Pyongyang Wants Private Sector Cooperation with ROK
  • ROK Civic Groups Call for Kumgang Tours Resumption
  • DPRK Tablet PC Can Receive TV Broadcasts
  • Kaesong Production Up 17.5%
  • Row Brews Over Kaesong Holiday Move

…plus a number of other items, including a selection of North Korean tours by various tour operators.

Comment by the Business Monthly Editor:

“LinkedIn blocked me when I listed my North Korean address — and I was not the only one,” Felix Abt, a Swiss entrepreneur who spent seven years living and doing business in North Korea, said.

In fact, “as a matter of corporate policy,” LinkedIn told him, “we do not allow member accounts or access to our site from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria” under the conditions of international sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

LinkedIn is not alone; other major tech names such as Google, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) among others, also restrict access to their products from sanctioned countries.

People who excoriate North Korea for, as it is claimed, not allowing its citizens access to the Internet conveniently ignore this fact: The US Treasury Department makes it a crime for anyone in the DPRK, local or foreign, to utilize the major Internet search engines.

Abt wondered aloud if Eric Schmidt notified Google’s legal department that its products are being utilized at Kim Il Sung University: “What strikes me here is that Google Chairman Schmidt was obviously not aware of the fact that the US Treasury had banned the use of Google in North Korea (along with Yahoo, Microsoft and Oracle). He was even witnessing (and not objecting to) North Korean students ‘illegally’ googling in Pyongyang. It was obviously a little premature for Mr Schmidt to ask the North Korean government to allow Internet use for everybody as this would be illegal (since they would have to predominantly use American search engines, email services and the like).”

Please feel free to consult the full issue by clicking on this link: DPRK Business Monthly Volume III, No.12

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