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North Korea's Antediluvian Change of Power

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 19 2011

Reuters notes that North Korea's dearth of mobile phones and Internet connections played a role in the two-day gap between Kim Jong-Il's death and its public announcement:

Few national leaders die these days with no one outside their country knowing about it. For more than 48 hours. Not even a mention on Twitter.

Yet apparently no one, including South Korean intelligence services, was aware that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had died early on Saturday - until his passing was tearfully announced on state television on Monday.

Even news of Osama Bin Laden's death broke first on Twitter — not only thanks to U.S. insider, but because of a Pakistani man wondering on Twitter about the commotion going on near his house.

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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