Google’s Eric Schmidt and the former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson have been on a trip to North Korea over the last few days, the trip was opposed by the US government and has come under quite a bit of criticism.
Now the former Google CEO, and now the companies Chairman, Eric Schmidt has called on the Korean government to put an end to the ban of the Internet in the country.
“As the world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world,” Schmidt told reporters today at the Beijing airport after the visit to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. “The government has to do something — they have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government in North Korea has not yet done. It is time now for them to start or they will remain behind.”
Whether or not this visit will have any impact on the availability of the Internet in North Korea remains to be seen.