Last year (2010) we have seen announcements about the Country of North Korea establishing a footprint on various social media channels.
This is not some simple question to be debated over coffee or through social media. There are serious, real world implications to not knowing the answer to this question.
My main point here is this: Obviously the social media tools exist. Obviously every leader worth their salt is looking at how to use/abuse/overwhelm through social media.
Our defense against a militaristic and paranoid regime that wants to use these tools is to be aware. Then we can monitor, track, disavow and disprove North Korea's bullshit. If we do not take the steps to verify if these accounts are real, then the media and governments around the world are just asking for a repeat of last year's issues with Iran and Twitter.
Some updates since this post was originally written in August, 2010 at a time when there were not active hot tensions between the two Koreas.
South Korea using social Media to track North Korea. According to the U.S.. Army.
So now I go back to my original point. The one I made in August - We can now presume that the country is indeed using social media. It is up to the major search engines, social networks and video platforms to be clear what people are seeing. The accounts controlled by a communist propaganda machine need to be clearly identified, once and for all.
Social media is powerful. Iran, Tunisia, Egypt have all experienced major social upheavals.
Additional information about North Korea ISPs:
South Korea internet censors finally catch on to new KCNA domain/IP http://18.104.22.168 + http://www.kcna.kp & now blocked