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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is going to North Korea as part of a "private, humanitarian mission," The Associated Press reported this afternoon. North Korea is all but cut off from the rest of the world when it comes to the Internet (among other things). Will Schmidt's trip the the beginning of any sort of change there? We can only hope.

Source: Associated Press

 

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Google's Eric Schmidt headed to North Korea on 'private, humanitarian mission'

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I'm sure he'll have the best armed guards money can buy with him and a million and one escape plans. Plus I doubt North Korea is dumb enogh to start a war with the US/Google.

They may be totalitarian, amoral, sociopathic assholes. But they're not stupid. They'd only do such a thing if they felt it was in their interests. And I can't think of a reason it would be.

Fingers crossed that whatever Schmidt is doing, it makes things better in some small way.

All I can say is, "you got guts Eric." I know Kim Jung Eun is young and perhaps open to "reform" (?), but North Korea is North Korea and I'm sure there are old generals who may not share young Kim's enthusiasm.

The truth is we have no idea whether Kim Jong-Un is open to reform or not. But at least from outside, it looks like he's been pretty adept at being a strong force (rocket launches and the like) and consolidating his power. Whether he'll change course later we don't know, but right now, I don't think it looks hopeful. Frankly the biggest surprise is that he's in control. I'd expected the state to start to disintegrate by now.

At risk of being dubbed a troll, he should not go there for any reason, in violation of international sanctions

True. It's probably just a publicity stunt. Not much one man can do, even if they are rich as hell.

I wonder what the rumor mill will start drumming up about Google and North Korea doing illegal stuff with people's information. I really hope that whatever the reason behind the trip, that it will lead to the opening up of North Korea to the rest of the world. Who knows what types of technological advancements they have over there that they keep to themselves because of the old regime and their ways. Let's also hope he's safe as-well. Here's to the future!

Guys, North Korea is only dangerous if you live there.

There is nothing dangerous about visiting the country as long as you have a legit entry visa which Mr. Schmidt does. He also has approval from the State Department for his travel so he is good on both ends.

I would not, however, expect any great outcomes from his visit but one never knows.

Cheers.

Leave the poor guy alone. If you had as much money as him, wouldn't you travel the world and hire some underage hookers from every piece of land you step on? Anyone, anyone?

I say we send in my brothers, the Marines, and slap the hell out of the leadership of that country. If not, send my other brothers, Itallians, and we will STILL slap the hell out of them!

Possibilities:
1. N. Korea thinks Ingress is real.
2. Google buys N. Korea to assist LG in making Nexus 4s.
3. N. Korea is paying $1 billion for better spying technology.

And we thought Steve jobs had an issue with walled gardens. My bet the North Koreans want to talk about a phone that give the issued user a degree of communication with grandma and family but that the state is able to monitor, control and shut down, i guess, to forestall the smuggled chinese ones with nothing like that control flooding NK. Probably a waste of time as that sucker will be rooted quicker than a new winery and still the chinese phones will come. They are asking for trouble.