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Quote of the Day: North Korean Hermits

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, August 17 2010

The Hermit Kingdom will not change overnight, but technology once introduced can't be shut down. Just ask #Iran.

-- State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley struck an optimistic note in response to yesterday's news that the North Korean government had signed up for a Twitter account and begun tweeting. Of course, there are a number of proven ways for an oppressive regime to "shut down" technologies, especially networked ones. And in other tweets, Crowley touched on the question of whether the regime's move might go beyond savvy PR to actually constitute networked engagement. "The North Korean government has joined Twitter," wondered Crowley, "but is it prepared to allow its citizens to be connected as well?" (via the Hill)