Online activists in Hong Kong are not giving up freedom of expression and are backing up articles from the pro-democracy Apple Daily using blockchain technology.
After a national security check, Apple Daily released the latest version on Thursday. But Hong Kong activists took it from there and uploaded the publication’s articles to a distributed network, Reuters reported.
Ho, an anonymous 21-year-old tech activist, started downloading Apple Daily articles this week about the decentralized archiving platform ARWeave. Backed by investors like Andreessen Horowitz, the platform distributes a blockchain-like architecture called blockweave to provide persistent file storage over a distributed data network. According to sources, more than 4,000 daily articles from Apple have been uploaded to ARWeave since Thursday.
The Apple Daily is one of Hong Kong’s most pro-democracy newspapers, and is known to be the most vocal critic of Hong Kong and the Chinese leadership. Police froze the assets of several Apple Daily subsidiaries last week. They also arrested five executives, who caused the printing of the latest edition of the tabloid, shutting down the site and deleting all social media accounts on Thursday.
He said, “I don’t do this because I love Apple Daily. It’s the right thing to do. I never thought Apple Daily would disappear so quickly.”
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Hong Kong residents previously fought against government censorship using blockchain technology and archived the latest Radio Television Hong Kong via LikeCoin, a decentralized, blockchain-based publishing infrastructure.
Since 2009, the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries have become a symbol of greater freedom, enabling people around the world to confront centralized power and create decentralized networks that are nearly impossible to shut down. In addition to helping to resist government censorship, distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrency also provide people with financial freedom.