Panmunjom Declaration Recorded on the Ethereum Blockchain
The 2018 Inter-Korean summit marked the beginning of a new era of peace, prosperity, and unification on the Korean peninsula. To contribute to this historic event, Ryu Gi-hyeok, a South Korean developer, decided to record the Panmunjom Declaration on the Ethereum Blockchain. Once the data is recorded on Ethereum, it can neither be deleted nor be tampered with. As a result, the footprints of the two Koreas have been permanently left on this world through the blockchain technology.
When asked the reason for choosing Ethereum, Ryu Gi-hyeok told the reporters that even if all the data on this world got lost or deleted, the Panmunjom Declaration recorded in the 551,596th block would still remain, unless Ethereum itself ceased to exist.
The transaction history can be viewed by entering the transaction value (Txhash) ‘0xe4ee15d3f63db8464a649e3237ed83e930f9b3e40e842537a626745d1c96553c’ on Ether Scan. And if you convert the hexadecimal data in the Input Data field, you can view the complete Panmunjom declaration. To view the English version of the declaration, just enter the transaction value (Txhash) ‘0xf56d81301da93f71368ad7f8d605648d77be6edb13e8875cf3e5906f38d1b548’ instead.
Ryu said that this move of his has been inspired by the Chinese #MeToo campaign where the students have turned to the blockchain technology to thwart any government intervention. Yue Xin, a student activist, accused the Peking University of threatening her and her family after her demands for an airing of a sexual harassment case which took place about 20 years ago. A letter written by Yue Xin, informing the public about the constant threats the undergraduate had received from the Peking University at the time of writing, has been stamped on Ethereum blockchain to fight government censorship.
Decentralised media still has a long way to go, but the Blockchain technology has, of late, given people a new hope for a censorship-free media.