In an era where governments try to stifle the dissemination of news critical to their day to day operations and decisions, the use of Blockchain could ensure that the flow of information remains undisrupted.
FinTech’s Meirav Harel said it’s of importance to know how blockchains function in order to appreciate how they could be used as means of disseminating information.
She recounted how the Chinese government, which consistently sensors information, removed social media posts which stemmed from the #MeToo movement started by an activist who told the story of a sexually abused university student who never got justice after being labeled as mentally unstable.
After identifying the posts which were widely shared, they were removed by government mechanisation whereas other writers were threatened into submission as they were forced to erase them.
In a way to try keep the story on the internet, an anonymous post on a Blockchain transaction for Ethereum had a description of the abuse happening in one of the Chinese univer- sities.
Due to the nature of Blockchain transactions which are decentralised and records kept by multiples, it could not be erased and is to date accessible to all.
Harel revealed to journalists present
how the activist’s take on censorship by using Civil.og which is not only a Blockchain platform for the dissemination of news; but also ensures that news produced remain free from the influence of advertisers.
In the same vein, it enabled a plat-
form where journalists could get paid for the use of their material, be it text or pictures.
She said the platform uses the same ideals as Blockchain which has the advantage of being out of government’s control and reach.