Ever The Opposite Of The South, North Korea Bans Mobile Phones

from the life-under-repressive-regimes dept

Lots of folks know that South Korea was one of the first out the door with 3G wireless solutions, and has continued to be a leader in the space. Their Northern neighbors are doing their best to be the complete opposite, however. The Associated Press has a story today about North Korea banning mobile phones, but the background to the story is a bit more interesting. I've written up a longer article over at TheFeature that takes a quick look at the small rise and quick fall of mobile phones in North Korea. Before this latest ban, the technology had really started to take off, despite the repressive regime, as business men and government officials alike found the ability to communicate better quite useful. It just goes to show that no matter how useful new technologies may be in building up vital government and economic infrastructures, repressive dictators can bring it all to a stop very quickly.

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    momo, 4 Jun 2004 @ 6:26am

    Re: What if South Korean hearts are just as closed

    I think you missed a key sentence in the original comment.
    "According to Mayo, he had stayed in Korea because he liked the respect Koreans bestowed upon elders. "

    Apparently the original poster does think rudeness to elders is unique in some parts of the world. I do as well. In fact, and maybe I'm too old, it used to be that elders in the U.S. were shown respect; never to the degree other parts of the world typically have shown, but moreso than now.

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