North Korea's coat of arms“While other restrictive regimes have sought to find ways to limit the Internet—through filters and blocks and threats—North Korea has chosen to stay wholly off the grid. Julien Pain, head of the Internet desk at Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based group which tracks censorship around the world, put it more bluntly. ‘It is by far the worst Internet black hole,’ he said.” – The New York Times.

Related: A Hong Kong plan to turn kids into copyright cops and a more recent news clip headlined MPAA targets boy scouts with anti-piracy campaign.” Time for a mass merit-badge burning? Also see Boing Boing item. And speaking of off-grid, kind of: New Orleans will unplug WiFi community network, also in Boing Boing.


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