Google Chairman Eric Schmidt going to North Korea on private tripJanuary 5, 2013 5 Email article | Print article
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is planning to make a trip this month to a very interesting destination — North Korea. Reports reveal that he’ll be making the trip with former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson but not details about their exact itinerary have been made public.
North Korea is of course one of the most notorious countries when it comes to censorship, making this a very intriguing combination as Google is quite the opposite — their search engine makes information widely available to the world, and the company supports the idea of an open Internet. The Verge notes that North Korea’s current leader, Kim Jong-un, sees the importance of science and technology in improving their economy as he mentioned it in a recent state address. “The industrial revolution in the new century is, in essence, a scientific and technological revolution, and breaking through the cutting edge is a shortcut to the building of an economic giant,” according to Kim.
What could this all mean? Could Google be striking some sort of deal with North Korea? Or maybe Eric Schmidt just had an interesting place in mind for sightseeing.
Comment below on what you think they’re up to!