It’s said that Bitcoin crosses all borders, and nowhere could this point be better proved than in the all-reclusive North Korea.
A tourist who went to visit North Korea to watch the Dennis Rodman basketball game used the country’s Internet service to send $100 worth of Bitcoins to Sean’s Outpost, a homeless outreach center in Florida that has been seeking donations via various virtual currencies.
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The tourist’s Reddit post from early this month, which was spotted by North Korea Tech today, says he believes that “this is the first time a transaction on the blockchain has been broadcast from this country” and explains the rationale for his Bitcoin transaction:
What better use case of bitcoin than to send money internationally from what is probably the most restrictive country in the world? And what better recipient of that money than /u/SeansOutpost? With bitcoin, borders mean nothing!
The donation was later confirmed by Sean’s Outpost.
The Reddit user, aptly dubbed BitcoinDPRK, did note however that a large majority of North Koreans still don’t have access to the Internet and Bitcoin won’t take off till a long time later, but says he has been giving “paper wallets with a few mBTC each” to the Korean guides accompanying them on the tour.
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