Korea Computer Center
|Korea Computer Center|
|Revised Romanization||Joseon Kompyuteo Jungsim|
|McCune–Reischauer||Chosŏn K'omp'yut'ŏ Ssent'ŏ|
The Korea Computer Center (KCC) is the North Korean government information technology research center. It was founded on 24 October 1990. KCC, which administers the .kp country code top-level domain, employs more than 1,000 people.
KCC operates eight development and production centers, as well as eleven regional information centers. It runs the KCC Information Technology College and its Information Technology Institute. The KCC has branch offices in China, Germany, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. It has an interest in Linux research, and started the development of the Red Star OS distribution localised for North Korea.
KCC is a part of the political establishment and not entirely an IT company per se. Its technological state and general modernity are seen as lagging well behind the rest of the world, even with the general zeitgeist in North Korea. For example, the .kp ccTLD was registered in 2007, but KCC did not manage to get a working registry for three years, despite the support of a European company. KCC has still not implemented a working ccTLD infrastructure, something the North Korean government has had as a goal for several years.
While KCC mainly works on projects within North Korea, it has since 2001 served clients in Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. It operates Naenara, North Korea's official web portal.
- Search engine "sam heug"
- Korea web browser "Naenara"
- Korea game play program "The Chosun Jang-Gi"
- Korea national program "Kwangmyong"
- Korea food study program "The Chosun Ryo-Li"
- Korean language input method editor "Hana"
- "Koryo", English-Korean/Korean-English translation software using an electronic pen
- Korean language Voice Recognition Software "Nunbora"
- Linux Distribution (Korean Edition) "Pulgunbyol" (Red Star OS)
- "Cyber Friend", Video Conference System
- "Cyber Star", Distance Education System
- Computer Go Software "SilverStar Paduk"
- Computer software "HMS Player"
- Samjiyon tablet
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