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Flash drives are bringing freedom to North Korea, a few gigabytes at a time

North Korea is an enigma at many levels. The Hermit Kingdom is famous for being a land without internet, but it is also a place where cyber-activism on behalf of freedom is being pioneered.

The answer to that particular enigma is the humble flash drive in the hands of dedicated activists.

Although not invented as a tool of revolution, devices such as USB flash drives and SD cards allow for vast amounts of information to be easily smuggled into the world’s most closed society. And the way that these devices are being used in North Korea offers a glimpse of how digital media can still be a weapon in the arsenal of freedom in the case of the world’s most repressive regimes.

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