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China’s Wikipedia, Baidu Baike, Now Uses Blockchain

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China’s Wikipedia, Baidu Baike, has implemented a blockchain innovation to monitor adjustments made to its articles, as shown by reports emerging this week.

Baidu Baike, which is the Chinese counterpart of Wikipedia, suggested it was using the technology to keep track of updates and modifications to singular pages, in a proposal to increase the transparency and traceability on its platform.

The current way that the encyclopedia service employs blockchain, the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, offers another contextual insight into how blockchain can be used in practical cases. Some have suggested it could even influence various sites to keep this exact pattern.

While the innovation hasn’t officially been announced, clients of the service have noticed that change logs started being stored on a blockchain with a specific hash value.

Several media outlets have stated that the element was made available for clients on Monday. However, considering how the blockchain has been set up, the hashed data may have been implemented last week, considering the time when the earliest versions were altered.

Since the service is installed on Baidu’s own blockchain, there are no methods for getting to the hashed data to affirm the type and amounts of information that are being recorded – for example, if they include the contributor’s name, or when they made revisions to an article.

Baidu states that the purpose of this integration is to help secure the credibility of the site, and just like Wikipedia, allow users to make changes to the content. Baidu Baike was established in 2008 as an alternative to Wikipedia for the Chinese community since the country controls Internet access and banned a majority of sites (including Wikipedia).

From the data provided by Baidu, the site currently has approximately 15 million entries, with over 6.4 million users making voluntary contributions and revisions.

But this isn’t the first time Baidu has dabbled with matters of the digital currency space. In January of this year, they set up their own particular blockchain-as-a-service platform, which enabled developers to create blockchain applications. After this, they followed with a CryptoKitties imitation, and their most recent endeavor consists of a stock photography blockchain- based platform.


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