South Koreans will be no longer able to access the North Korean domain name extension .kp from within their borders.

At first blush, what amounts to a virtual North/South fence seems to run counter to South Koren politics as a presidential representative democratic government. To the outsider (me) it seems to be more socialist or communist to block an entire ccTLD simply because of differing ideologies. On further investigation however, the newly reinstated .kp is largely regarded to become (at best) a channel for Communist propaganda, and possibly (at worst) a vehicle for spyware and virus laden malware targeted at unsuspecting South Koreans.

Though I hate the thought of government regulation of the internet in any way, I live south of Canada, not a freedom hating antagonist like North Korea. My northern neighbors are responsible for such nefarious things as Tim Hortons, playoff beards and curling – a far cry from ICBMs, nuclear aspirations and insane dictators.

In light of the circumstances, this seems to be the right move for South Korea.

Additional reading at The New York Post