News | Flashdrives for Freedom, USBs, and Change

Flashdrives for Freedom was featured on The Guardian this March 22, regarding the efforts to bring 20,000 USBs into North Korea.

A defector releases a balloon carrying anti-North Korea leaflets at a park in a border town in 2014. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images ImageText: TheGaurdian

The latest article by The Guardian featuring Flashdrives for Freedom and the North Korea Strategy Center’s work to facilitate access to information inside North Korea via USBs, takes a fresh look at the uses of capitalist business training for citizens and examines how the entrepreneurial aid could effect internal change.

 

Read the full article here.

 

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News | [LISTEN] Technology, Methodologies Behind Information Access in North Korea

666 ABC Canberra interviewed the North Korea Strategy Center U.S. regarding the difference USBs are making in the lives of the people of North Korea.

Adam Shirley of 666 ABC Canberra spoke with NKSC US Program Officer Sharon Stratton in an in-depth interview regarding the strategies behind gathering media and getting that media inside North Korea to regular citizens.

 

Listen to the interview here.

 

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News | [LISTEN] NKSC Interview On NPR

On February 22nd, NPR featured a discussion with the North Korea Strategy Center U.S. about USB drives and their relationship to information access in North Korea. 

NKSC US Program Officer Sharon Stratton spoke on NPR regarding the methodologies behind the our work “Breaking The North Korean Information Blockade,” via USB activism. In the interview, Sharon discusses the importance of information access and the goals of the NKSC to effect change inside North Korea.

 

Listen to the interview here.

 

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News | NKSC Featured on BBC News

The North Korea Strategy Center was featured on the BBC News website in a piece regarding our work with USB information dissemination activism in North Korea.

The BBC references recent controversy surrounding the film The Interview, a US-made comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader, while touching on the importance of information access as a human right and the film preferences of a North Korean audience.

 

Read the full article here.

 

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News | NKSC USB Activism Featured on Wired

This February, Wired featured a piece on the North Korea Strategy Center’s work in information dissemination activism in North Korea.   

NKSC U.S. Organizer Sharon Stratton and HRF Chief Strategy Officer Alex Gladstein were quoted by Wired regarding the current state of human rights activism in North Korea and the impact a donated USB can make on the effort to expand  information access and freedom of expression in North Korea.

 

Read the full article here.

 

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Event | North Korea and Information Access [The Korea Society]

On Thursday October 29th, The Korea Society graciously hosted North Korea Strategy Center U.S. for a discussion on the information access in North Korea.

NKSC U.S.’s President Sejun Park, COO Christine Han and Chairman Kang Cheol Hwan with Nikita Desai, Director of Policy and Corporate Programs at The Korea Society.

NKSC U.S. President Sejun Park and Chairman Kang Cheol Hwan discussed the current state of information access in North Korea, exploring recent changes taking place in terms of both what and how North Koreans are able to access, and why ultimately, increasing information access and freedom of expression for ordinary North Koreans will have perhaps the most decisive effect on the future stability of the Kim regime.

Listen to the full discussion here.

We would like to warmly thank Nikita Desai and Dr. Stephen Noerper for facilitating this fantastic event.

 

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Event |U.S. Policy Toward North Korea: The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach [Johns Hopkins SAIS]

On Tuesday October 27th, NKSC U.S. Chairman Kang Cheol Hwan spoke at the all-day conference, “U.S. Policy Toward North Korea: The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach” joining a powerful line-up of speakers on the day, including Hon. Michael D. Kirby, Ambassador Lee Jung-Hoon, Ambassador Robert King and more.

NKSC Chairman Kang Cheol Hwan speaks at “U.S. Policy Towards North Korea: The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach”. Image credit: SAIS Events.

Watch Panel IV: Indigenous and Cross Border Activities Aimed at Advancing Human Rights in North Korea, with Jieun Baek, Scott Busby, John Fox, Kim Seong- Min and Kang Cheol Hwan, moderated by Suzanne Scholte.

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations and thanks to Suzanne Scholte, Defense Forum Foundation President, and Sosseh Prom of the International Bar Association for supporting Kang Cheol Hwan’s participation in this event.

NKSC USEvent |U.S. Policy Toward North Korea: The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach [Johns Hopkins SAIS]

NKSC On the Road |Inaugural CKA National Summit & Gala 2015

NKSC U.S. was humbled to participate in the Council of Korean Americans’ (CKA) first National Summit & Gala, an historic weekend bringing together more than 400 Korean American leaders and supporters around the theme ‘Korean American Leadership in a Global Changing World’.

NKSC U.S. Chairman, Mr Kang Cheol Hwan, at the CKA National Summit & Gala 2015. Image credit: Michael Wilkinson.

In keeping with CKA’s mission to assert a strong, clear voice on issues of vital interest to Korean Americans, the final panel of the Summit looked at ‘Perspectives on North Korea: Confronting the Need for Change’ with Ambassador Stephen Bosworth (Chairman, U.S.-Korea Institute) and Won-Soo Kim (Under Secretary-General, Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations).  NKSC U.S. Chairman Kang Cheol Hwan ensured that the perspective of North Korean defectors was included in this discussion, speaking during the Q&A on the need to support civic organizations that work directly to impact and empower ordinary North Koreans in the country.

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations and thanks to CKA Executive Director, Sam Yoon and CKA Program Associate John Kim for supporting NKSC U.S.’s participation in this monumental event.

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Event | Technology, Information & Human Rights: Transforming North Korea [Stanford]

Stanford Korean Students Association (KSA) and Stanford Asian American Activism Committee (SAAAC) generously hosted NKSC for a discussion panel looking at the intersection of human rights and technology, paying particular attention to the role of ICT in improving conditions in North Korea.

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Background

Nearly 25 million North Koreans are subject to the most intense censorship and information controls in the world – a state of repression that further exacerbates the abysmal state of human rights in North Korea. Prohibited form using the Internet, accessing foreign media or engaging in free exchange with the outside world, North Koreans are deliberately kept in a state of impoverishment – both in economic terms and intellectual – by a totalitarian regime that places its own self-preservation before the needs of North Koreans themselves.

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Technology, Information and Human Rights: Transforming North Korea, at Stanford University September 22nd 2015. Image credit: Dongpo News

Increased knowledge and access to independent information is crucial to accelerating societal progress in North Korea and the protection of human rights. Since 2007, NKSC has worked to improve everyday North Koreans’ access to independent information about the world around us, and North Korea itself. Sensitive to the complex and unique challenges that face North Koreans, NKSC partners the experience of our defector leadership with technologists and human rights organizations to continuously evolve information access strategies.

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Sejun Park, Kang Cheol Hwan, Alex Gladstein , Jim Fruchterman and Danny O’Brien during the Q&A. Image credit: Yonhap News.

 

 

This event invited the Stanford student community to actively interrogate and collaborate; to consider new ICT strategies to  achieve improved human rights in North Korea. Through discussion with North Korean defectors and technologists as well as exploration of country and technology case studies, participants gained a deeper understanding of the current state of human rights, ICT and media in North Korea, as well as the possibilities for realizing a free and open North Korea.

Technology, Information and Human Rights: Transforming North Korea. Image credit: Yonhap News.

Technology, Information and Human Rights: Transforming North Korea. Image credit: Yonhap News.

We would like to thank Peter Moon, Jonathan Hongsoon Kim, the Stanford Korean Students Association, Stanford Asian American Activism Committee and our fantastic speakers: Danny O’Brien (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Alex Gladstein (Human Rights Foundation) and Jim Fruchterman (Benetech).

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