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‘New internet’ looks to keep user data away from tech giants and bypass China censorship

 

Blockstack is a decentralised internet where users keep their data locally when they run apps, and a Hong Kong-based software engineer is helping get the project off the ground

 

 

‘New internet’ looks to keep user data away from tech giants and bypass China censorship

 

Blockstack is a decentralised internet where users keep their data locally when they run apps, and a Hong Kong-based software engineer is helping get the project off the ground

 

Blockchain was developed alongside bitcoin and works like a decentralised ledger which records every transaction and stores this information on a global network.  

Bitcoin’s future may be hanging in the balance after the community overseeing it experienced a civil war last year, but the the blockchain technology on which it is founded is still considered revolutionary.  

 

A Hong Kong-based software engineer is doing his bit to develop a “new internet” said to offer users complete control over their personal information and bypass mainland China’s “Great Firewall”.

 

 

Blockstack is a decentralised internet where users keep their data locally when they run apps. This is in contrast to the conventional internet which stores users’ information in centralised servers – making it vulnerable to theft by cyberattack.

 

Larry Salibra, a cybersecurity expert, is the sole Blockstack developer in Hong Kong.

 

“It’s a really big change from the current internet ... we [take] the value away from these big centralised companies like Facebook and Google and put data back into the users’ control,” he said.

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http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2113521/new-internet-looks-keep-user-data-away-tech-giants-and-bypass

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