North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground Is Transforming a Closed Society

North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground Is Transforming a Closed Society by Jieun Baek is a fascinating book that examines how ordinary North Koreans are challenging the regime’s tight control over information and media. Baek, a researcher at Harvard, draws on interviews with defectors, activists, and smugglers to reveal how USB drives, smartphones, and DVDs are circulating foreign content such as films, music, news, and books among the isolated population. The book shows how this information revolution is inspiring curiosity, dissent, and hope among North Koreans, and how it could potentially transform the closed society. The book is a well-researched and compelling read for anyone interested in the hidden realities and possibilities of North Korea.

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