Flashdrives for Freedom was launched by Human Rights Foundation and the Silicon Valley-organization, Forum 280, and is an initiative that collects and supports the smuggling of USB flash drives into North Korea. The flash drives contain everything from Hollywood movies to South Korean soap operas to Wikipedias to interviews with North Korean defectors. By exposing the North Korean people to pop culture, news and facts, Kim Jung-un’s propaganda machinery can be broken.
The Japanese journalist, Jiru Ishimaru, started the magazine Rimjin-gang in 2007 with the purpose of bringing news in North Korea out to the rest of the world. Originally, Rimjin-gang is the name Korea’s seventh biggest river but in relation to the magazine, it’s suppose to symbolize the North Korean people’s thoughts to their fellow countrymen in South. Rimjin-gang is unique because of the fact that all articles comes from a underground network of reporters in North Korea, making it the first publication in the world where the reporting is done by the people of North Korea. The articles are documented with pictures, audio files and video recordings, which is transferred via phones and other means of communication to the magazine’s office in Osaka, Japan. As well as sending information out of North Korea, the reporters help distribute USB sticks and DVD’s with international news and TV-shows to the North Korean people.