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Jan 3 2013   1:01PM GMT

Don’t be evil: Schmidt travels to North Korea

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Downtime was interested to hear that Google’s Eric Schmidt is visiting North Korea this month on a “humanitarian” trip.

It’s hard to imagine what could possibly come of the meeting, as North Korea is one of the poorest nations on earth, with only the elite of Pyongyang given access to the internet.

Asia expert Victor Cha, wrote
: “Kim Jong Un “clearly has a penchant for the modern accoutrements of life. If Google is the first small step in piercing the information bubble in Pyongyang, it could be a very interesting development,” he said.

But it’s also difficult to picture what the ruler of the largest surveillance body in the world and the North Korean leader could have in common to talk about …

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