China’s netizens use blockchain to spread censored news
Chinese censors regularly clamp down on negative news stories
Some people use cryptocurrencies as a way of transferring digital assets. Now, people in China are turning to them in an attempt to evade the snooping eyes of the country’s censors.
It all started last week when the food and drug administration of the northeastern province of Jilin announced that a major drug maker had been supplying inferior vaccines that were given to babies as young as three months’ old.
Which is where blockchain comes in.
Blockchain, the technology underlying cryptocurrencies, enables the creation of an online database network where all participants create, share and store records of transactions in a secure and efficient manner.
And because blockchain is designed to be tamper-proof -- or immutable -- there is nothing the censors can do to alter it.