The end of February saw North Korea loosen their strict internet usage laws. Foreigners to the country are now able to freely roam the interent via the sole mobile phone service provider, Koryolink. Visitors now have the ability to present the ‘real, unaltered‘ North Korea in real time to the rest of the world.
Associated Press’s Chief Photographer David Guttenfelder has been in the country for the past week and has been documenting his visit using photo sharing media, Instagram. He is reported to be the first to use the app from a mobile photo. He feels as if it’s his duty to present the country in a true light.
“I feel I can help open a window into a place that would otherwise rarely be seen by outsiders. As one of the few international photographers who has ever had regular access to the country, I feel a huge responsibility to share what I see and to show it as accurately as I can.” (quote Dvice)
The connection that has been described as ‘fast and unrestricted’, is prohibited to citizens. They can access only certain 3G services including SMS and MMS messaging and video calls.
This drastic change in policy comes after a visit from Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt. He coaxed officials to open up the internet and informed that it would be easy to establish a 3G connection on the existing service. Take a look at the images from David Guttenfelder above.
All images sourced from Dvice.com