- The ‘My Companion 4.0 app allows users to watch films and TV programmes
- North Korean regime has its own tightly controlled version of the internet
- Only the country’s elite are trusted to be allowed to access the World Wide Web
- Anyone who violates the rules can be executed or sent to a brutal prison camp
The secretive totalitarian regime has recently launched its own version of the internet, which allows it to closely monitor the content available to citizens.
The regime’s media announced the launch of a new app called ‘My Companion 4.0’.
The My Companion 4.0 app allows users to read ebooks, watch video, play games or do karaoke
According to the NK News website, it reportedly allows users to read ebooks, watch video, play games, or even do karaoke.
The site posted screen shots of the app posted by North Korea’s state-run media which show users can also watch a variety of shows, performances, and sporting events.
As well as developing nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un has made the development of home grown technology and its national internet a priority.
Pyongyang’s solution has a two-tiered system where the trusted elite can surf the internet with relative freedom while the bulk of the population are kept inside the national intranet.
North Korea has its own smartphone, which looks suspiciously like the iPhone
The walled-off network is called by North Koreans ‘Kwangmyong,’ which means brightness or light and its citizens use Using the the ‘Naenara’ browser which means ‘my country’ but is a modified version of FireFox.
Regime officials monitor smart phone use around the clock and anyone violating the controls by watching South Korean media faces the death sentence or being sent to one of the country’s infamous prison camps.
North Korean also has domestically produced smartphone, which looks eerily similar to Apple’s famous iPhone.
The smartphone, dubbed the Jindallae 3, was reportedly created by the state-run Mangyongdae Information Technology Corporation.
‘There is no country which monopolizes and controls successfully the internet and information as North Korea does,’ Kang Shin-sam, an expert on North Korean technology and co-head of the International Solidarity for Freedom of Information in North Korea.