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Google executive chairman to visit N. Korea

Published: 1/3/13 @ 12:00


Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea

Google’s executive chairman is preparing to travel to one of the last frontiers of cyberspace: North Korea.

Eric Schmidt will be traveling to North Korea on a private, humanitarian mission led by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that could take place as early as this month, sources told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The sources, two people familiar with the group’s plans, asked not to be named because the visit had not been made public.

The trip would be the first by a top executive from U.S.-based Google, the world’s largest Internet- search provider, to a country considered to have the most restrictive Internet policies on the planet.