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Silicon Valley to host 'Hack North Korea' hackathon to spread access

Efforts to 'hack North Korea' are underway, as human rights supporters try to open up new lines of communication with the largely closed off country
By: Michael Hatamoto | Internet & Websites News | Posted: Jul 24, 2014 10:32 pm

The "Hack North Korea" hackathon event is scheduled to take place next month in San Francisco, organized by The Human Rights Foundation. Instead of trying to target North Korean infrastructure with malicious attacks, event organizers hope to create ideas to help better educate the impoverished country's citizens.




Trying to get information into the country is extremely difficult - and dangerous - with techniques ranging from smuggling in CDs, DVDs and flash drives all the way to using shortwave radio and dropping leaflets into North Korea. Some North Korean citizens living along the border with China are using Chinese-made smartphones to use the Internet, but can be heavily punished if found with the device.


"Participants will become familiar with the various ways that information and truth are smuggled into North Korea today, and gain an understanding of the technology landscape inside the country," according to the Human Rights Foundation. "Then, guided by our North Korean guests, attendees will break into teams to come up with new ways to help end the Kim dictatorship's monopoly of information on the twenty-five million people living under its rule."


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