“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Jieun Baek joined the Belfer Center as a fellow on July 1, 2014. She conducted research and writing on the opportunities for change in the North Korean regime. Her book on information access in North Korea is slated for publication in Spring 2016 by Yale University Press.
She was the student body president of the Kennedy School, and was a co-chair for the Diplomacy Professional Interest Council and the co-chair for the HKS North Korea Study Group, for which she co-led a trek for 24 students to North Korea in August 2013.
Before coming to HKS, she worked at Google Headquarters in the Sales Division and on information access projects for North Korean defectors. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government in Harvard College, where she founded a student organization called Harvard Undergraduates for Human Rights in North Korea (H-RiNK).
Jieun hopes to work on US policy in North Korea and the greater East Asian region. She is a Los Angeles native, and keeps a blog.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm