Smartphones in North Korea are used as “Weapons of Mass Surveillance”

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The country that is infamously closed off and inundates state-run media with propaganda now has smartphones.

However, rather than representing unfettered access to news, outside information and facilitation of an underground network, the network of smartphones and a limited intranet is being distributed—and closely monitored—by the North Korean government itself.

Similarly to how they are viewed in the West, the “Arirang Touch” phones, modeled closely after iPhones, are status symbols among citizens. They are also monitored around the clock for usage and surveillance via censorship, spyware software and even random stops by passing police.

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