02 Apr '11, 12pm

N. Korea cracking down on IT gadget possession (via ST iPhone App)

NORTH Korea is taking steps to toughen control of IT gadgets such as computers and mobile phones to block outside information out of fears that the democratisation movements in the Middle East and northern Africa could arouse its people. Pyongyang has ordered institutions and households to report on how many computers and even portable data storage devices such as USBs and MP3 players they own, early in 2011, according to a Seoul government source. The North Korean police agency is in charge of keeping track of the IT gadgets possessed by everyone, presses criminal charges against those who failed to report and even confiscates many of the gadgets, the source said. The reclusive communist state has been running a unit of authorities for years to crack down on North Koreans watching South Korean soap operas or foreign movies, which they call 'non-socialist video'. Pyongyang...

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