Saving the history: in Hong Kong people use blockchain to fight media censorship
In Hong Kong, people have found an interesting use for blockchain. They began to use blockchain decentralization to save their independence from the Chinese government.
It all started with the fact that the Chinese government decided to erase all historical data about the clashes between protesters and authorities.
On May 3, 2021, Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK announced its decision to remove all videos and other content that has been stored for over a year on its servers and social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. A State representative of the TV company said that the reason for the appearance of the message is in accordance with the internal policy of the company. According to the rules, it shouldn’t be kept for more than a year.
The problem is that massive protests in Hong Kong, including the protest against a bill to amend the fugitive law, began in 2019. Moreover, such manifestations of the people’s will in China are not occasional. It’s a whole historical and political event of great importance. Therefore, many users rushed to back up videos of special events such as the Yuen Long attack in order to preserve history.
But later they faced another problem. The RTHK TV company owns the rights to many downloaded materials. So the content can’t just be uploaded to streaming platforms. This will be pointless, as RTHK may just require its removal. Thus, the blockchain has become a lifeline for preserving the coverage.
Users in Hong Kong have been using blockchain to store important events and protect content from government censorship since 2018, according to a Quartz report. Then someone used an Ethereum transaction to store the letter of a student, who has spoken out about the pressure from her teachers to shut down a sexual assault lawsuit. The letter disappeared from social media, but remained unchanged in the records of the Ethereum blockchain.
In this case, the amount of information is large. It is impossible to store all of it on Ethereum. That is why the new LikeCoin blockchain was created.
LikeCoin’s principle of operation is that it guarantees the storage of content in IPFS and its unchanging using metadata in its own blockchain. Any attempt to change the material will result in a complete change of the stored metadata. Therefore, the original can be easily distinguished.
LikeCoin uses a digital registry protocol, the so-called International Standard Content Number (ISCN), to catalog the metadata to ensure the safety of files. And the independent media like Stand News and Citizen News have already adopted this method.