- Activists in China have uploaded their sexual harassment stories on a site using DLT
- This comes after the Chinese government had censored their content on mainstream platforms
The #metoo movement has been one of the most influential social movements of the last few years, calling out sexual assault and harassment in both everyday life and high profile industries such as Hollywood.
One of the reasons for the success of #metoo was its prominence on social media which emboldened many to share their stories.
This was also the case in China but with a bit of a twist. Those involved in woyeshi, the Chinese spelling of “Me Too.” , posted their stories on popular social media platforms, though the movement eventually took on the name of ‘rice bunny’ which is the pronunciation of metoo in Chinese.
However, government censorship kicked in, and the stories shared were filtered out from public viewing.
To combat this, people began moving to online platforms that used blockchain technology to share their stories, using the name ‘Every snowflake’.
This was a creative way to get around the censorship and acted as a way to highlight various ongoing problems.
This is an interesting time for the distributed ledger technology in China as it is set to introduce new blockchain standards.
Censorship and social justice
Social justice movements like #metoo have gained significant attention in recent years, mostly because of the internet and the ability to share information seamlessly across continents in real time.
However, there are parts of the world where censorship still exists and in the case of the movement in China, the voices of the people can be silenced.
This is where another amazing application of blockchain comes in as websites that integrate the technology have the power to store information without any fear of compromise.
The content is not likely to be hacked and removed from third parties and a permanent record of its existence remains.
However, the method isn’t infallible as these websites can still be blocked from public viewing.
If this technology can be properly harnessed, however, it could prove useful in parts of the work with high levels of censorship as a means of aiding journalists and those who simply want to be heard.
Movements like #metoo will likely continue to exist in the future and hopefully, so will the use of blockchain in documenting them.