Eric Schmidt Says He Urged Embrace of "Free and Open Internet" in North Korea

Virtual isolation will affect the country in the real world, the Google chief says


Google chairman Eric Schmidt ended his controversial visit to North Korea by declaring he urged the secretive state to embrace the "free and open internet".

Schmidt—no doubt keen to cram ever more online ads into every corner of the globe—argued that the Great Firewall of North Korea, which curbs citizens' web access, could prove deeply damaging for the country.