Little Brother is watching, too

Ever interested by the information machine that is the Internet as I am [1], I give you this: One guy has set up a project trying to detail North Korea’s visible society, by soliciting information from anyone willing to spend a little time with Google Earth and various news reports coming out of the almost hermetically sealed country. Most of the information comes from photos of the Great Leader posing in front of some infrastructure or another, and any outdoors picture can divulge information.

Kim Jong Ils private compound, with private water slides, horse tracks and train tracks

Kim Jong Ils private compound, with private water slides, horse tracks and train tracks

One more thing on the list of fascinating things the Internet can do which is also a little scary. I mean, spying on North Korea is ok, I guess, but what else can this be used for?

Also, see the Wall Street Journal article on this. From the article:

More than 35,000 people have downloaded Mr. Melvin’s file, North Korea Uncovered. It has grown to include thousands of tags in categories such as “nuclear issues” (alleged reactors, missile storage), dams (more than 1,200 countrywide) and restaurants (47). Its Wikipedia approach to spying shows how Soviet-style secrecy is facing a new challenge from the Internet’s power to unite a disparate community of busybodies.

[1] How’s that for sentence structure?

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