North Korea collects participants’ personal information while holding an online exhibition

National Informatization Performance Exhibition (2019). /Photo = Chosun Central News Agency

It is known that North Korea collected various personal information of residents who accessed the exhibition while holding a virtualization-based national informatization exhibition last month.

A source inside North Korea told Daily NK on the 22nd, “State agencies or organizations participated in the National Information Technology Exhibition with a joint and unique security password that allowed them to enter the national network in advance, and individuals had to enter information such as their name or place of residence to participate. did,” he said.

In the case of online exhibitions, which are usually conducted in a virtualized manner, personal information is not requested except for special cases such as paid exhibitions, as many of them are designed to attract participation of a large number of people due to their nature. However, in the case of North Korea, it seems that personal information was collected for the purpose of identifying the identity of the visitor.

At the same time, the source said, “All electronic devices that can access internal intranet signals were allowed to observe.” Virtually anyone with a communication device can participate in the online exhibition.

In this regard, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported on the 4th of last month that the National Informatization Performance Exhibition will be held in the form of a virtual exhibition on fixed and mobile data communication networks, and that visitors can visit it at any place and at any time through computers and mobile phones. . North Korea also held an exhibition in virtualization in 2021.

On the other hand, a source said, “Because of the feedback and reality that the signal quality deteriorates as the number of connected devices increases, we thought about a way for institutions, organizations, and individuals to be the subject of the exhibition to access smoothly.” It can be interpreted as meaning that they were aware of the possibility of access to online exhibitions in poor data communication environments and prepared countermeasures in advance.

The transmission speed of North Korea’s wireless communication network averages 1.0 Mbps, which is evaluated as a 3G environment. The transmission speed of wired communication networks is expected to be slightly faster than this, but it is known that there is not much difference from wireless communication networks.

Due to the nature of North Korean society, it is expected that only a limited number of people will participate in the online exhibition. Nevertheless, it can be assumed that North Korea’s data communication environment is still poor in that the authorities were concerned about the slowdown in connection speed.

North Korea is trying to convey the IT promotion status and technology to more residents through exhibitions, but paradoxically, it seems that the communication environment is not supported.

In the midst of this, it is reported that many technological products that are expected to have a positive impact on the lives of residents were exhibited at this exhibition.

A source said, “At this exhibition, a product was introduced that visualizes all the data of the Great People’s Study Hall at a glance through big data processing technology (big data) and allows you to see related data as well.” I could do it, so it caught my attention,” he explained.

However, the source said that most of the ordinary people suffering from livelihood did not care about IT-related exhibitions.

An actual source said, “People don’t know much about these exhibitions, and even if they do know, now people are less interested in national affairs unless they are directly related to their livelihood.” And we have to focus on making a living,” he said.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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