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NSC member: A law-abiding North Korea could be a cybersecurity powerhouse

North Korea fans cheer at the finish during the Men's Slalom on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
North Korea fans cheer at the finish during the Men's Slalom at the Winter Olympic Games Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Tyson Meadors, the director for cybersecurity policy for the National Security Council (NSC,) said Thursday that if North Korea ever decided to integrate with the world economy, it could be an outsize cybersecurity powerhouse.

Quote"If we brought North Korea into the rest of the economy of the world... they could be a relatively complementary partner in the global economy"
— Tyson Meadors at a conference held by Association for Federal Information Resources Management and US Cyber Challenge

Why it matters: Think of it as the carrot to Trump's stick. Meadors is offering that North Korea could have a place in the world if it retreats from persistent nuclear brinksmanship and joins the international community. Plus, in this outcome, the Hermit Nation's considerable investment in hackers would not have been in vain.

Could it happen? Possibly. Meadors noted later in the speech that many smaller countries, particularly Israel and Estonia, have considerable cybersecurity industries. Israel's is largely borne from its military elite cyber forces, the venerable Unit 8200.

One last thing: "Cybersecurity talent can be used to many, many, many, many different ends. We're finding that countries that wield that power responsibly, that teach their workforce how to do so ethically - good things come with that," said Meadors.

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U.N. calls on Turkey to end state of emergency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images.

A new report from the United Nations has detailed extensive human rights violations in Turkey and calls for an end to the country's 20-month state of emergency. The report's findings include evidence of large-scale arbitrary detentions, suppression of free speech and the use of torture by security forces, justified under the state-sponsored guise of "links to terrorist organizations."

“The numbers are just staggering: nearly 160,000 people arrested during an 18-month state of emergency; 152,000 civil servants dismissed, many totally arbitrarily; teachers, judges and lawyers dismissed or prosecuted; journalists arrested, media outlets shut down and websites blocked – clearly the successive states of emergency declared in Turkey have been used to severely and arbitrarily curtail the human rights of a very large number of people,”
— UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
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McCain condemns Trump's congratulations to Putin

John McCain.
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Sen. John McCain condemned President Trump on Tuesday for his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying U.S. presidents shouldn't congratulate "dictators on winning sham elections."

“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin's regime."