Wired: South Korea’s Gaming Addiction (Full Version)

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In South Korea addiction to gaming has become an epidemic, with murders attributed to it and psychiatric units struggling to cope. And whilst the South binges, North Korean cyber warriors have been striking.

“Sitting in a chair for a long period of time can lead to slipped discs or the formation of blood clots, causing damage to other organs” Dr Lee Jae-Won explains, as he describes how addicted online gamers play for 4 or 5 days non-stop, before being hospitalised. Dozens of killings have been attributed to online gaming and babies have been left to die by their addicted parents. Surprisingly, that’s not the only thing South Korea has to fear from the internet. North Korea have developed a sophisticated capacity to infiltrate the South’s computer networks. “They select the most outstanding people and engage them in professional development of software. Those people become ‘soldiers of cyber terror war’” says Jange Se-Yul, a former crack member of the South Korean cyber warfare unit. They’ve already launched a crippling attack on a major South Korean bank and attempted to plant a virus in the system of Incheon International Airport. As Kim Hung-Kwang, one of the architects of North Korea’s cyber warfare program points out, cyber warfare may not have the fear factor of nuclear weapons, but has the potential to be just as devastating: “No drinkable water, nuclear power plants exploding, planes crashing. The damage can be massive”.

 

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Tears of Gaza – The War They Don’t Show You

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“Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record — presented with minimal gloss — of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza (dubbed ‘Operation Cast Lead’) by the Israeli military. Filmed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population.

Tears of Gaza makes no overriding speeches or analyses. The situation leading up to the incursion (in which the Jewish state broke a truce unprovoked) is never mentioned. Similar events certainly occurred in Dresden, Tokyo, Baghdad and Sarajevo, but of course Gaza isn’t those places. Tears of Gaza demands that we examine the costs of war on a civilian populace.”
(Excerpt from Steve Gravestock, 2011 Toronto International Film Festival)

 

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