China: Internet users turn to the blockchain to fight govt censorship

China: Internet users turn to the blockchain to fight govt censorship


For a small fee, anyone can post sensitive documents publicly on a blockchain. Source: Wit Olszewski/Shutterstock

THANKS to blockchain, internet users have achieved some victories in the fight against China’s strict internet censorship.

A historic moment was made on April 23. Peking University‘s former student, Yue Xin, had penned a letter detailing the university’s attempts to hide sexual misconduct. The case involved a student, Gao Yan, who committed suicide in 1998 after a professor sexually assaulted and then harassed her.

The letter was blocked by Chinese social networking websites, but an anonymous user posted it on the Ethereum blockchain.

In another case, in July, Chinese citizens used blockchain to preserve an investigative story which condemned inferior vaccines being given to Chinese babies. The vaccines produced by Shenzhen-based Changsheng Bio-Tech failed to fight tetanus and whooping cough. The company has also allegedly faked data for about 113,000 doses of human rabies vaccine.

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A blockchain is a secure database that’s stored in a distributed set of computers. Ev

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