Google exec urges North Korea to open up Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:33 pm, Wednesday, January 9, 2013 North Korea - A private delegation including Google's Eric Schmidt is urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cell phones to benefit its citizens, the mission's leader said in the country with some of the world's tightest controls on information. [...] he has been a vocal proponent of Internet freedom and openness, and is publishing a book in April with Jared Cohen, director of the company's Google Ideas think tank, about the power of global connectivity in transforming people's lives, policies and politics.