Cyberactivism in North Korea

Cyberactivism[1][2][3] in North Korea refers to activism carried out with the use of information technologies such as the Internet and the distribution of information by civil society[4] typically outside of North Korea to initiate and/or support change from within North Korea.


  • Media, information and technologies can be smuggled or sent into North Korea
  • Local IT infrastructure can be exploited
  • Local IT infrastructure can be built (e.g. mesh networking)



Jack David, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former presidential deputy assistant secretary of defense for combating weapons of mass destruction states that "by clinging to the hope that Pyongyang can be induced to give up its ambitions for nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, officials are distracted from pursuing policies that might actually enable the people of North Korea to end the Kim dynasty" and that America's goal should be regime change. He suggests the next administration to "deny North Korean actors access to international financial institutions, and support the efforts of refugees (in South Korea and elsewhere) to pass information about the Free World to friends and family in North Korea".[9]

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  1. ^ Ziccardi, Giovanni (2012-09-28). Resistance, Liberation Technology and Human Rights in the Digital Age. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9789400752764. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ Abbott, Jason (2004-01-01). The Political Economy of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific: Digital Divides, Economic Competitiveness, and Security Challenges. Praeger. ISBN 9780275980214. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ "The Transformation of Cyberactivism and Democratic Governance in Korea: The Role of Technology, Civil Society, and Institutions". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  4. ^ Kim, Hyuk-Rae; Kim, Hyŏng-nae (2013). State-centric to Contested Social Governance in Korea: Shifting Power. Routledge. ISBN 9780415587457. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ "North Korean defector-activists step up propaganda war". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ "The people flying balloons to North Korea". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Activists are using drones to rain flash drives full of TV shows on North Korea". Digital Trends. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  8. ^ Park, Madison. "Activists: Drones drop forbidden media into N. Korea". CNN. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  9. ^ Miller, Judith (7 January 2016). "What can US do about North Korea? Six options after 'hydrogen bomb' test". Fox News. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

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