Can Internet Censorship Affect Bitcoin Usage Throughout The World?

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Turkey, Censorship

At this moment in time, there are several countries throughout the world, which tend to be extremely strict when it comes down to the freedom of using the Internet. Such examples include China, Syria, and even Turkey from time to time.

By imposing censorship, the governments of these countries wish to discourage access to information, and online meet-ups needed to discuss possible protests, ideologies and more. According to recent reports, it seems like the government of Turkey has recently blocked and restricted several websites including Google Drive, GitHub, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and more.

This decision was made to stop the spreading of leaked emails, about Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, alongside with his son in law, who happens to be a government minister.

Turkey censorship

It seems like a hacking group going by the name of RedHack has reportedly leaked 17GB of data, and roughly 60,000 emails, all related to the government, and coming from the email accounts of the president and his son-in-law. The purpose of leaking 16 years-worth of email was to showcase the public, how in numerous cases, the government used pro-patria trolls on the internet, in order to target the discussions being carried out by the opposition media on the internet. Not only this, but the team behind RedHack, also demanded that dissidents being held without a trial in Turkey’s prisons, to be released.

Upon noticing these banks, citizens of the country started protesting on social media, and via other online channels.

For members of the digital currency community, this action raised concerns on whether the Turkish government would be able to ban digital currencies as well, if they thought they were a threat to their security.

To put things better into perspective, if bitcoin became illegal, a government would implement this decision by censoring bitcoin-related websites. Luckily, there is no way for government institutions to completely stop bitcoin transactions, being carried out via the blockchain. While websites used to get access to these services could theoretically be blocked, mirror websites would surely appear quick enough, meant to facilitate the continuation of bitcoin transactions. Needless to say, those with actual programs installed will face no issues when it comes down to carrying out their transactions.

Based on everything that has been outlined so far, bitcoin enthusiasts from throughout the world should rest-assured. Regardless of legal talk, the actual blockchain system would take a lot more than a simple decision to be stopped.