The New York Times's Tom Zeller Jr. reports that citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are all net refuseniks - though not through their own volition.

Zeller's report states:


While other restrictive regimes have sought to find ways to limit the Internet - through filters and blocks and threats - North Korea has chosen to stay wholly off the grid.

Long known to be an internet hermit, I'm not entirely sure how North Korea's unchanged policy is news, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Zeller does unearth the possibility that canny North Koreans living near the Chinese border could potentially get online via black market GPRS mobile phones.

In which case they're doing better than I am after spending over a month waiting on DSL and having tried three different wireless internet providers...