The small slice of folks who sit atop North Korea’s sociopolitical hierarchy use the internet pretty much like anyone else in the world, according to a study published by Recorded Future on Wednesday. 

That might sound surprising, and indeed the report sparked a flurry of news stories on the topic. But it shouldn’t come as a shock, according to experts familiar with the region.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that they like gaming and shopping at Amazon,” said Robert Manning, an Asia analyst with The Atlantic Council. “I think it’s not as weird a place as people think it is.” Read more…

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