Ethereum Community to host a meetup in Bangkok

Ethereum Bangkok Community Meetup ETHBKK 2018 to be held on June 3 with featured guests to discuss different perspectives of the renowned blockchain
31 May 2018   1812

Chulalongkorn University, OmiseGO, Status and Hoard are participating at ETHBKK 2018 meetup held by Bangkok community. The event will take place on June 3 and explore various points of view on Ethereum. This will be the first meetup in Bangkok for the community.

The speakers list include Chulalongkorn University lecturer Dr. Kunwadee Sripanidkilchai, OmiseGO software developer Kridsada Thanabulpong, Status.im co-founder Jarrad Hope and Hoard.exchange CEO Martin Amor. Currently, OmiseGO members lead the Bangkok community. The agenda for the meetup is as follows:

12:30 - 13:00 Registration
13:00 - 13:30 Introduction
13:30 - 14:30 Session #1
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 16:00 Session #2
16:00 - 16:10 Closing

More details on the meetup can be found here.

Great Chinese Firewall to Block ETH Explorer

Looks like it's the first time that a blockchain observer (etherscan. io in this case) has become a target for Internet censorship in China
04 December 2019   116

The Great Chinese Firewall, used by the authorities to regulate access to foreign sites, blocked etherscan.io, one of the most popular services for viewing the statistics of the Ethereum network.

According to CoinDesk, as of early December, the portal is not accessible from IP addresses in mainland China. According to the service greatfire.org, blocking has been carried out at least since October 30.

Presumably this is the first time that a blockchain observer has become a target for Internet censorship in China.

This is another instance of friction between the decentralized and immutable technology of blockchain and the tightly controlled, centralized government of China. We should expect additional problems like these in the future as blockchain is integrated further into the Chinese economy and daily life.
 

Matthew Graham

CEO, Sino Global Capital

In his opinion, we should expect similar problems in the future, since the blockchain is increasingly being integrated into the Chinese economy.

It is not known exactly what caused etherscan.io to become blocked.

Last year, it was reported that users encoded censored articles in an Ethereum transaction and shared the hashes of these transactions in the WeChat messenger using etherscan.io.

Some have used this feature to post sensitive messages without the need to worry about the message being blocked or removed, or their identity being exposed. Anyone with a blockchain explorer like Etherscan can view these messages, so it is not surprising that this website has come in the crosshairs of internet censors.
 

Matthew Graham

CEO, Sino Global Capital

The founder of etherscan.io, Matthew Tan, confirmed that the site in China has been blocked "for the past three months." He could not name the exact date and reason for what happened.