North Korea will hold an international blockchain conference in October, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. The report quotes a radio broadcast from the US. Radio free Asia as the source of the information.
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According to this report, the conference will begin on October 1st in the capital Pyongyang and last two days. On the 3rd, industry experts will meet with North Korean company managers.
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An anonymous source told Radio free Asia that the motif of North Korea seems to & # 39; show off & # 39; with its technological possibilities.
If this is true, this is an exciting development on the international stage. North Korea is governed by one of the world's few remaining dictatorships in Stalin style, and an international conference could mean that the regime is on its way to a policy of glasnost.
Glasnost and paranoia
North Korea has been involved in cryptocurrency at a state-sponsored level as a way to circumvent economic sanctions imposed by the international community, as we have seen in Venezuela and Turkey.
The state has also developed a feared army of hackers who have committed large-scale cyber attacks on foreign soil, even though the country has an internet connection similar to that of "a small headquarters", according to the South China Morning Post.
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For example, in 2017, North Korean hackers were accused of a $ 7 million robbery on the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, a $ 81 million theft of the Bank of Bangladesh and for infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries called ransomware & # 39; WannaCry & # 39 ;. Last week, the Russian internet security company Kapersky Labs reported that a North Korean hack group called the Lazarus Group has a virus called & # 39; AppleJeus & # 39; implanted with an unspecified cryptocurrency exchange.
Politics or economics?
Radio free Asia, who reported the information, is a non-profit organization in Washington DC. Its mission is "to provide accurate and timely news and information to Asian countries whose government prohibits access to a free press." It is currently being funded by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an agency of the American government.
It was founded in the 1950s as an anti-communist propaganda weapon funded by the CIA, and was re-launched in 1996 by the Congress under the International Broadcasting Act of 1994 as "a new staffing service for people from the People's Republic of China and other countries of Asia. …[that] would promote the promotion of information and ideas while promoting the goals of US foreign policy. "
At that time, the station management had the Asia-Pacific Network & # 39; to renegotiate, since the original name was antagonistic, but the Republican legislators insisted on retaining the original name, according to the LA Times.
The Chinese and Vietnamese language broadcasts are blocked by those governments. A North Korean representative complained to the UN in 2009 that the US use this agency to commit psychological warfare.
One can argue that political changes in North Korea, if any, are the result of economic forces rather than political propaganda, as was the case with the USSR 30 years ago.