The blockchain and state censorship

Winston Smith believes he is 39 years old. His duties include rewriting history, especially with regard to the process of systematically deleting all records that do not conform to the doctrine of the official Ingsoc party.

In addition to managing the truth, its function is to spread a new language among the population called Newspeak, in which, for example, “truth” is understood in the sense of statements like 2 + 2 = 5. when the situation calls for it.

He works for the Ministry of Truth, also known as Miniver in the novel 1984, in which George Orwell describes the forging of historical records to display a government-approved version of events.

The blockchain and state censorship
The blockchain and state censorship

Orwell’s futuristic work inevitably brings us to 2020.

Late July A guide entitled “What are cryptocurrencies?” Has been published on the Argentinian government website.

The publication stated that blockchain technologyIt is the safest way to protect information and is used to protect government and corporate data because it avoids duplication of work and reduces the risk of database corruption‘.

And it was specified in detail that when a transaction is registered on the blockchain, the code of the previous transaction is also registered.In this way, each new transaction is chained to the next to ensure their security‘.

He also mentioned some of the cryptocurrencies in existence and commented on some of their possible uses like ‘Donate to charitable foundations or a social cause‘, It provided examples of where it is possible to purchase them and what was required to use them:’ Download a digital wallet on your phone from which you can save, buy, sell and transfer ‘.

The appearance of this letter caused a surprise to some participants in the local crypto community. Taking into account the fact that less than two months ago the FIU issued a statement on the increase in virtual assets business, aiming at extreme precautionary measures regarding measures that could pose a threat to the economic and financial order of our country.

The astonishment was greater when it was discovered last week that the advertisement had been completely removed from the website controlled by the national apparatus. Already this year there were falsifications in the Official Gazette, the official newspaper of the Argentine Republic, in connection with the mandatory isolation measures, which led to a request for information.

Thanks to the initiative of “The Wayback Machine”, which archives unsubscribed content from the Internet, you can find the text of the article here.

One might speculate that the article was deleted because it is not the government’s job to provide information about activities outside of the state level, or because it just gives a few examples of cryptocurrencies in existence and the places where they can be purchased.which could be objected to, originating from an official website that supposedly should not contain data that can be flagged as partial.

It could also be assumed that when it was found that truthful and reliable information that is impractical for political interests was leaked, The state machinery applied the Miniver’s censorship protocolsjust as Orwell had expected, and so made the truths expressed there disappear.

Regardless of the reasons for the withdrawal of the notice from the state website, this event could not have occurred in the environment of a decentralized blockchain like that of the Bitcoin network.

Once a data item has been created on a decentralized blockchain, the evidence can no longer be removed as there is no room for suspensions, changes, deletions or other corrections.

All records stored in a decentralized blockchain are publicly available for those who wish to observe and review them without intermediaries, as well as for those who wish to send data or participate with a node in order to provide communication and / or ensure the integrity of the system.

This makes it possible to reveal the truth as it is without obliterating and / or accommodating the precedent in the opinion of any employee, civil servant, party, government or person, robot or central unit.

Yesterday was the gazette, today it is a website Tomorrow it could be the records of your identity, family relationships, studies, assets, presentations or tax payments you made or any other of your most precious data.

This incident re-exposes the dangers behind trusting data, with or without economic value, for centralized platforms, and highlights the strengths of decentralized environments for transparency, security and effective control of stakeholders.

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