Blockchain technologies are revolutionizing the world in many ways, including politically, and now, people in Hong Kong are using it to fight against the centralized power of the Chinese government. Hong Kong citizens are fighting for a series of social demands and are taking advantage of the decentralization features of blockchain to store their memories in the face of an apparent attempt by the Chinese government to erase historical records related to clashes between rebellious citizens and authorities.
Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK is deleting old data.
Earlier this month, Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK announced its decision to delete all videos and content stored on its servers and social networks like YouTube and Facebook for more than a year. According to a spokesperson for the broadcaster, this controversial move aims to align social media content with the company’s own internal policies of only storing content for 12 months. The mainstream media outlet is trying to erase history as put by citizens of Hong Kong. The social uprising in Hong Kong is a relevant political phenomenon for this region’s history. Such a type of censorship affected much of the dissidence, and many users rushed to backup shows and coverage of special events such as the Yuen Long attacks.
People are using blockchain to store coverage of important events.
According to a report by Quartz, people in Hong Kong are using blockchain to store coverage of important events and protect such content from government censorship. Earlier in 2018, someone used an Ethereum transaction to save the content of an open letter published by a student who denounced pressures from her teachers to cease her denunciations of a sexual abuse case. The letter disappeared from social networks but remains permanent in Ethereum’s blockchain records.