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Largest totalitarian state (China) wants to use blockchain technology for social control and repression

Speaking as part of the 18th collective study of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee on Thursday in Beijing, Xi said blockchain technology has a wide array of applications within China, listing topics ranging from financing businesses to mass transit and poverty alleviation.

“We must take the blockchain as an important breakthrough for independent innovation of core technologies,” Xi told committee members.

“[We must] clarify the main direction, increase investment, focus on a number of key core technologies, and accelerate the development of blockchain technology and industrial innovation.”

Xi further said it would be “necessary to implement the rule of law network” into existing and future blockchain systems. To this end, Xi argued for a top-down approach concerning implementation, calling for guidance and regulation. Xi said testing of the tech should be widespread, including the investments in training platforms and “innovation teams” before implementation.

Since a 2017 decision by the People’s Bank of China, cryptocurrencies are banned in the country, although a digital renminbi is being developed by the central bank and likely to launch soon.

To anyone not living under the rock and following the Chinese state way of adopting technology, we can surely expect blockchain technology used to further the governmental mass tracking and repression. Not buying your shitty coins or tokens.

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