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Shanghai Residents Battle Lockdown And Censorship Frustration With NFTs

For Shanghai residents using NFTs is a good idea because they can be shared among the populace and cannot be deleted by Chinese internet police.

Shanghai Residents Battle Lockdown And Censorship Frustration With NFTs

Residents of Shanghai have resorted to the blockchain to enshrine memories of the month-long lockdown due to COVID-19. They are minting videos, photos as well as artworks to capture their frustration and ordeal as NFTs. Using NFTs is a good idea because they can be shared among the populace and cannot be deleted. 

With Shanghai under lockdown, the population of 25 million has been unable to leave their homes, with the major problems being reduced access to food and medical treatment. They are venting their issues on the internet, which in turn has caught the notice of Chinese censors. The government said it would take steps to increase internet policing on group chats over what it says are rumours. 

A sizable section of Shanghai residents continues to be defiant, reposting chats, while others have taken recourse to NFT marketplaces like OpenSea. Here they can mint content and also transact with the aid of cryptocurrencies. The major attraction of NFT is that the data which is recorded on blockchain cannot be erased. 

Shanghai’s discord with authorities reached its zenith on April 22 when they battled it out with censors in an overnight session to share a video titled “The Voice of April,” which is a medley of recorded voices over the time period of the outbreak in Shanghai. 

As of the last count, there are 786 items related to the video available on OpenSea, along with hundreds of different other NFTs which are related to the Shanghai lockdown. 

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