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Martyn Williams

Martyn Williams is a California-based journalist and long-time North Korea watcher. He has watched North Korea’s information technology sector since 2000 and monitors IT, broadcasting and technology developments in the country. He runs the North Korea Tech blog and is a former Tokyo Bureau Chief for IDG News Service. Today he works as a senior correspondent for IDG in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Catch Me If You Can: North Korea Works to Improve Communications Security

Catch Me If You Can: North Korea Works to Improve Communications Security

North Korean scientists have developed a quantum encryption device—the basis for a communications system that is completely secure from hackers and eavesdroppers. The technology, if it can be deployed successfully, could complicate signals surveillance on internal North Korean communications, so the development has potentially significant [...]

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Closer Look at North Korea’s Ullim Tablet

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Closer Look at North Korea’s Ullim Tablet

Computer security researchers analyzing a North Korean tablet computer have discovered a level of surveillance and control not previously seen inside electronics from the DPRK. If used across all tablets and smartphones, the system could significantly impact the ability of activists to send digital information into North Korea that can be viewed [...]

The Mexican Origins of North Korea’s Latest YouTube Channel

The Mexican Origins of North Korea’s Latest YouTube Channel

A YouTube account that began livestreaming North Korean television last week is part of network of social media sites that have amassed millions of views for North Korean propaganda and appear to be based in Mexico. The new YouTube channel, called “KCTV - Choson TV,” was created on February 6, 2017, and has already livestreamed several [...]

Now Streaming: Intranet Protocol TV Service Arrives in North Korea

Now Streaming: Intranet Protocol TV Service Arrives in North Korea

TV viewers in North Korea are no longer tied to watching shows at the time they air. The country has begun an "Intranet" Protocol Television (IPTV) service providing access to live and catch-up TV, according to a report carried by Korean Central Television on Tuesday, August 16. The IPTV service demonstrates greater media accessibility to the [...]

Cold War Communications: The Two Koreas Resume Coded Radio Broadcasts

Cold War Communications: The Two Koreas Resume Coded Radio Broadcasts

A little after midnight, early on the morning of July 15, as most of the Korean peninsula slept, were North Korean spies up late listening to the radio? This was the big question after a strange sequence of numbers was read out on a North Korean radio station. It sounded a lot like the coded messages previously used to relay instructions to [...]

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