Amid censorship in China of all coronavirus-related content circulating online, Sarah Zheng, a journalist for the South China Morning Post, claimed to have managed to publish an interview made to a doctor about the coronavirus within Ethereum network.
According to a tweet published by Zheng, Dr. Ai’s words from Wuhan (the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak) were posted on the Internet, thanks to the use of Ethereum blockchain to store its content in the network.
The interview, as The Straits Times reports, was also encrypted with QR codes and deliberate typos, leaving supports in PDF files and Morse code, despite censorship from the Communist Party of China.
The article, originally published in Renwu media, got
banned from the local messaging platform WeChat, making it impossible for users
to share it.
The multiple versions of the interview also included
writing with the hanyu pinyin system, which translates the Chinese alphabet
into Latin characters, in addition to the inclusion of emojis to replace many
words in the article.
The censored content quoted Dr. Ai’s words, stating
that she was the subject of an “unprecedented and severe reprimand”
by the authorities, after having warned other doctors in December about tests
performed on a patient who had a coronavirus diagnosis.
Dr. Ai alerted doctors to take precautions against the
virus, resulting in some disciplinary measures that the hospital took towards
As of press time, China has recorded more than 3,150 deaths and nearly 81,000 infected, according to official data from the Chinese government.
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