However, most North Koreans only have access to a domestic Intranet system, not the World Wide Web. For North Koreans, Internet use is still strictly regulated and allowed only with approval.
Accompanying Schmidt is Jared Cohen, a former U.S. State Department policy and planning adviser who heads Google’s New York-based think tank. The two collaborated on a book about the Internet’s role in shaping society called “The New Digital Age” that comes out in April.
Also leading the delegation is Kun “Tony” Namkung, a Korea expert who has made frequent trips to North Korea over the past 25 years and has worked as a consultant for The Associated Press.
Associated Press writer Gillian Wong in Beijing and Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.