In Shanghai, Citizens Cope with Lockdown, Censorship by Minting NFTs

An increasing number of citizens in Shanghai — China’s largest city — are minting non-fungible tokens of the Covid-19 lockdown to memorialize the experience and circumvent government censorship, according to Reuters.

Given that data on the blockchain is immutable and unerasable, Chinese citizens who hope to evade censorship detectors are taking artwork, videos and even photographs of the Covid-19 lockdown to the blockchain.

In late April, Chinese activists shared a short video called “The Voice of April,” which featured Shanghai voices discussing the lockdown. Today, more than 780 NFTs linked to the video are available on the popular NFT marketplace OpenSea, next to hundreds of other NFTs documenting Shanghai’s lockdown.