Apple Daily pro-democracy tabloid in Hong Kong has been forced to shut down by Government amid national security probe. The newspapers are backing up old articles into the censorship-resistant blockchain.
I’m not doing this because I love Apple daily; it’s what needs to be done. I never thought that Apple Daily would disappear so quickly.” said Ho, a 21 years old tech worker in conversation. More than 4000 Apple Daily articles had been uploaded on ARWeave.
Under the national security law, the Hong Kong Government can move to block or delete content that regards as subversive or secessionist. The Hong Kong government says the internet use will not be affected so long as its use is within the law.
AppleDaily was forced to shut down due to national security law that allowed the government to freeze the outlets funds.
“Law enforcement action taken by Hong Kong, law enforcement agencies, are based on evidence strictly according to the law of Hong Kong and for acts of the person(s) or entity(ies) concerned,” a spokesperson for the Security Bureau said.
The company that approves internet domain in Hong Kong said that it would reject any sites that could incite “illegal acts.”
ARWeave breaks down file into bit of information distributed over open network of anonymous computer around world. On its website, it describes itself as a “collectively owned hard drive that never forgets.”
Another blockchain solution called LikeCoin has been developed by a programmer name Kinko. The blockchain platform helps to identify content through a unique number called the International standard content number (ISCN). KO said, “History must not be determined by those in power.”