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Human rights group to hold 'hackathon' event to bypass N.K. information blockade

2014/07/19 10:31

SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- A U.S.-based human rights group will hold a "hackathon" event next month to get experts in the Internet sector to bypass Pyongyang's information blockade and spread information about the outside world to North Korean citizens, an international report said Saturday.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), the Human Rights Foundation in New York has called for a two-day gathering in San Francisco on August 2-3, so the best minds from Silicon Valley and elsewhere can tackle the challenges of hacking into North Korea's closed intranet environment.

Participants will be asked to present ideas on how to get information into the North, what kind of devices can be used to get information about the outside world in the closed country and how best to get North Koreans to maximize the distribution of information.

RFA said the event aims to get people to share useful information on how best to get information to North Koreans, and to minimize the North Koreans' risk of punishment. Earlier in the year, the human rights group reported that it worked with South Korean counterparts to send USB sticks loaded with Wikipedia pages into North Korea by balloons.

The U.S. foundation also plans to invite four North Korean defectors to the gathering so they can share their experiences on life in the communist country.

yonngong@yna.co.kr

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