Blockchain

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - STO­RIES BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

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.

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