Google chief inspects Internet use at N. Korea university


Posted at Jan 08 2013 06:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2013 02:02 AM

PYONGYANG/BEIJING - A U.S. delegation including Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited North Korea's top university Tuesday and saw students using the Internet with desktop computers.

In a dispatch from Pyongyang, the Associated Press reported students at Kim Il Sung University showed visitors, also including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, how they search for documents using Google and Wikipedia.

North Korean authorities strictly control public access to the Internet, but it appears it exceptionally allows students of the university to access the World Wide Web.

The leadership of Kim Jong Un, who took power after the death of his father Kim Jong Il in December 2011, appears keen to promote education using information technology, including use of computers, giving North Koreans access to a domestic intranet.

The private U.S. delegation is on a four-day visit to North Korea through Thursday.