Hour 2 — Jim Warnock (Director of Outreach @ Human Rights Foundation) on #FlashDrivesForFreedom
Director of Outreach at the Human Rights Foundation
Jim comes on the show to discuss his newest project, #FlashDrivesForFreedom
As Director of Outreach for Human Rights Foundation, Jim Warnock has worked with activists from Venezuela to Cuba to Syria to Russia, promoting freedom and democracy where it is most as risk and supporting grassroots activists in some of the most closed societies across the globe. No country is more closed that North Korea. Since creating Flash Drives for Freedom almost 2 years ago, HRF has partnered with North Korean defector organizations like North Korea Strategy Center and No Chain to help smuggle outside information, mainly pop culture and educational materials, into North Korea to be distributed through the black market economy. Since inception, Flash Drives for Freedom has collected over 120,000 flash drives each one of which could hold the key to freeing the minds of the North Korean people, one by one.
Here’s the thing: flash drives aren’t an obsolete technology. They are vital conveyors of information for millions of people around the world–especially people living in North Korea.
In the world’s most closed society, flash drives are valuable tools of education and discovery. In a society without internet, with total government censorship, and with no independent media, North Koreans rely on these little pieces of plastic. Filled with films, books, and internet content, they are windows to the outside world.
Some North Koreans have escaped their country’s dictatorship and found freedom in South Korea. There, they have established civil society groups dedicated to sending information, culture, truth, and knowledge back to their families, friends, and neighbors.
Human Rights Foundation and Forum 280 are collecting flash drives to give to these North Korean, refugee-led organizations. Each year, these groups collectively smuggle fewer than 10,000 flash drives. They could send many more, but are limited by the fact that they have to purchase the drives on the internet at retail cost. By gifting them drives, Flash Drives for Freedom allows them to focus in 2016 on programs and future work rather than spend time and money on purchasing equipment.
ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.
HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Our mission is to ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted around the world.
We focus our work on the founding ideals of the human rights movement, those most purely represented in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
We believe that all human beings are entitled to:
Freedom of Speech and Expression
Freedom of Self Determination
The Right to Equal Treatment and Due Process Under Law
Freedom From Slavery and Torture
Freedom of Association
The Right to Leave and Enter Their Countries
Freedom From Interference and Coercion in Matters of Conscience
The Right to Acquire and Dispose of Property
Freedom From Arbitrary Detainment or Exile
The Right to Worship in the Manner of Their Choice
The Right to Be Able to Participate in the Government of Their Country
We will take any working drives, no matter the size, color, or brand. To join our effort, please ship USB drives to our address.
If you would like a tax receipt for your donation of flash drives, please include your contact information (including email) and a description and estimated value of the donated goods. If you are purchasing new flash drives from an online store, please include your email address and a receipt. You may also forward any tracking information to email@example.com
FLASH DRIVES FOR FREEDOM
C/O APPBACKR INC.
P.O. BOX 268
PALO ALTO CA 94302