The Source - January 13, 2014
Mon January 13, 2014
The Source: New Documentary On North Korea | Internet, Equity & Hi-Speed SA
In the first segment:
In never-before-seen footage on the streets of North Korea and in the secretive prison camps, a new Frontline documentary airing tomorrow night takes viewers inside the most clandestine country in the world. What is it like living under the volatile and mysterious Kim Jong-Un?
We talk with director James Jones about what filming this was like and what the totalitarian dictator has done, how he differs from his father, how the state is changing, if modest, despite the government.
The really surprising stuff was the ordinary North Koreans — many of them women — who were standing up to authority in ways that even in the States or in England, you’d think, “Wow, they’re pretty bold.” But to see that happening in a totalitarian dictatorship is really something. - James Jones
In the second segment:
San Antonio is sitting on the infrastructure to improve the quality and quantity of people's access to high-speed internet. Unlike other major cities, San Antonio owns its energy provider, CPS Energy, and the company has installed fiber optic cable throughout the city.
What the city chooses to do could redefine access in San Antonio. Questions of equity, of how we think about government utilities, and what San Antonio could look like in the world of the web abound.
Legal limitations do exist as the state has said that public utilities cannot provide internet. Figuring out what is legally and pragmatically possible will be the subject of our interview with former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna and current District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg.