Dark Side of Tech


How can we use technology to preserve and promote human rights?

In authoritarian regimes, information is a tool of political control used to oppress the people, and a freedom available to the privileged few. From Eritrea to North Korea, 53% of the world’s population, or 4 billion people, live under authoritarian regimes. Freedom of association, movement, and press are tightly controlled, and fundamental human rights, such as that of free thought, are routinely violated.

Through the Flash Drives for Freedom program, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has smuggled 125,000 USB drives into North Korea, providing access to information in one of the most closed societies today. Join HRF and Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean human rights activist, in exploring the dark and light side of technology, and on how we can use technology to promote human freedoms.

The Human Rights Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit based in New York which aims to preserve and promote human rights with a focus on closed societies. Ji Seong-ho is a North Korean defector and human rights activist who has been featured at the Oslo Freedom Forum, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian, among others.

Research questions:

1. How can technology be used to oppress or free people?

2. How can we escalate efforts in using technology to preserve and promote human rights?

3. What can we, as citizens of the free world, do to help those in closed societies without access to technologies that can help them?


Technology is a neutral tool which is used to oppress the people in many authoritarian regimes, but every one of us can also use technology to help promote human rights and freedoms.



To be announced soon


Ji Seong-ho
Jim Warnock
Jiye Seong
Maggie Halley


30 spots still available


Friday 14 June


10:00 — 16:00 hours


Humanity Hub
Fluwelen Burgwal 58
2511CJ The Hague

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