#MeToo Movement Makes Its Way to China, Blockchain Used to Counter Censorship of Such Efforts

A Chinese student trying to bring awareness to a sexual harassment incident has her efforts bolstered when Blockchain was deployed.

Faced with government censorship of sexual harassment accusations, the root reason for the #MeToo movement, organizers there have used Blockchain to keep the government from being able to block the airing of one incident in particular.

Resurrecting the past

It all started after a student accused Peking University of trying to keep her from airing someone else’s sexual harassment claims, according to Bloomberg. The alleged incident happened more than 20 years ago.

The student, Yue Xin, wrote a letter this week claiming that she had been the target of the university since she started making her demands over the two decades old sexual harassment incident.

Antics she accuses university officials of doing include asking her parents to confine her to her home.

Blockchain versus censorship

Xin’s letter sparked a lot of interest, including interest from an anonymous user who attached her letter to an ether transaction and posted it to the Blockchain, Bloomberg reports.

The finance media outlet notes that “while anyone with access to an Ethereum node can now see the memo, it won’t be easy for the general public to access -- unless someone copies the message from the ledger and reposts it on the web. Even then, Chinese authorities could easily block the site.”

About these developments, Du Guang, a former researcher at the think tank Central Party School in Beijing, told Bloomberg:

“This is the biggest incident in more than 10 years that students decided to ask the authorities to do more to boost transparency. This incident reminds me of the student movements in the early Communist era.”