Google’s Schmidt in North Korea

    Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, center, is chased by journalists as he prepares to check in at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Schmidt is scheduled to leave Monday on a commercial flight bound for North Korea, a country considered to have the world’s most restrictive Internet policies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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    Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, arrived in North Korea on Monday. Schmidt is in the country as part of a delegation led by the former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson. Richardson described the four-day trip as a private humanitarian mission, during which he hopes to meet with an American citizen who was detained in the country for “hostile acts.” Richardson said Schmidt is “interested in some of the economic issues there, the social-media aspect.” Schmidt is a proponent of Internet connectivity and openness, but North Korea’s population is mostly blocked from the Internet. The U.S. State Department had previously called the delegation’s trip “unhelpful.”

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