The Internet in North Korea

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Despite the reputation of North Korea as being digitally cut off from the world, and the fact that currently due to coronavirus they are literally physically blocked from the outside world, the DPRK is a lot less cut off than people perceive.

Naenara (literally my nation) aka the North Korean Intranet

An intranet is a closed off internet type system that serves a particular population, usually private companies or sensitive government departments. In North Korea, Naenara is a Firefox clone that connects North Koreans to approved websites on the North Korean intranet. Again, and contrary to popular belief the system is quite widespread and North Koreans can enjoy many of the creature comforts of the “real” internet, such as online streaming of (approved) movies.

Do regular north Koreans have access to the internet?

Most companies that do business with North Korea do it via online communication. Depending on a person’s job they may have access to the internet, or at least an e-mail account, be it shared, or their own.

Does North Korea have its own country TLD?

On the 24th September 2007 .kp was instituted as the internet country code top-level domain for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). It was previously administered from the Korean Computer Centre in Germany, before transferring to the Star Joint-Venture in Pyongyang.

There are a number of websites administered via the .kp ccTLD, almost exclusively used by state run, or government enterprises of the DPRK. Interestingly almost all of these are banned in South Korea (Republic of Korea).

An exhaustive list of websites in, about, or run by North Korea can be found here (link to DPRK.website).

Can you register .kp domains?

It is not currently possible for private enterprises to purchase .KP domain names, this is a situation that is unlikely to change in the future.