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January 22, 2013

Google's rare window into North Korea

Eric Schmidt calls for North Korea to end its technological isolation.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (L) leaves after a media briefing upon his arrival from North Korea at Beijing Capital International airport January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt opened up on Sunday about a recent trip to North Korea, urging the country to increase internet access and end its isolation. Schmidt's daughter, Sophie, also visited and posted her own thoughts online, calling the trip "a mixture of highly staged encounters, tightly-orchestrated viewings and what seemed like genuine human moments".

The technology entrepreneur's visit was highly unusual for North Korea, a country that has virtually blockaded its citizens from unfiltered access to the outside world.