- RTHK a public broadcaster is deleting content covering the uprisings in Hong Kong.
- In response, People in Hong Kong are using blockchain to store the deleted content.
- Users are mainly using a blockchain called LikeCoin for storage.
People in Hong Kong are using blockchain technology to resist media censorship by the Chinese government.
Reports allege that the Chinese government is attempting to erase historical records of the ongoing clash between itself and Hong Kong. To clarify, an extradition bill proposed by China in April 2019 sparked the battle. The resistance which started in June later that year has since evolved into an often violent fight for full democratic freedom.
Recently, Hong Kong’s RTHK, a public broadcaster, announced its intention to delete all videos and content dated over a year. Users saw the move by RTHK as an attempt to erase historical records of the protests. RTHK, however, has stated that erasing the data is in compliance with its current policy to only store content for a year.
While users were able to back up the records, copyright laws make it impossible to repost the content. To overcome this challenge, people in Hong Kong are storing the content on blockchain. Particularly, users are storing the records on a blockchain called LikeCoin.
While most blockchains like Ethereum, do not allow for data on the block to be altered. LikeCoin stores a separate metadata. If someone alters the content, the metadata also changes. This feature makes it easy for users to quickly detect when and if the stored data is tempered with.
Apart from the battle against Hong Kong, the Chinese government has also been fighting against crypto miners closer to home. Recent reports show that two major mining companies are blocking users with mainland Chinese IP addresses.
Bitdeer and Mars Cloud Mine claim the move was to comply with prevailing Chinese policies. China’s crackdown on Bitcoin mining, specifically, has been attributed to the crypto’s environmental impact. However, the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency might be a cause for concern for the totalitarian government.