Google trackers in North Korea official webpage


Joana Moll


Barcelona, Spain

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Joana Moll is an artist and a researcher from Barcelona. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, online tracking, critical interfaces and language. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. Furthermore she is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona], co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms and member of the Scientific and Artistic Committee of the Antiatlas des Frontières. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Potsdam Universität and Escola Superior d’Art in Vic (Spain).


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Typically, a tracker is a piece of data stored in a particular website that allows to monitor and collect data on user behavior. For an instance, a tracker can automatically know where a user is based, which computer is using, which sites has visited before accessing a specific site and which webpages will access in the future, among other information.

The public relationships between The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States have been noticeably tense since the end of the second World War II, when Japanese occupation of Korea ended with Soviet troops occupying the north, and US troops the south. Far from decreasing, the political disagreements between the two countries have escalated throughout the years. As of November 2016 the UN Security Council further tightened sanctions towards North Korea by aiming to cut by 60 per cent one of its main exports, coal. This measure was a western response to the nuclear tests carried out in September 2016 by North Korea.

Regardless of such disagreements, the developers of the official website of The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea decided to add few Google trackers in the site, and thus allowing the most powerful American IT corporation to colonize their online presentation to the world. And let’s not forget, this piece of American code is stored in one of the physical servers that host the official webpage of North Korea, probably placed within North Korean territory.

Therefore “Google trackers in North Korea official webpage” is a living proof of US colonization over the Asian country.