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About the event:
In an age where digital information is increasingly controlled and even erased, the value of preserving data cannot be overstated. This talk emerges as a potent event aimed at illuminating the promise of blockchain technology, particularly Arweave, in preserving the content that might otherwise be lost to censorship. Hosted by Andrew Nielsen (a.k.a. MC Lars) this talk, underscores the significance of censored literature. Real-world contexts will be provided with mentions of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily’s archival on Arweave and Arweave’s role in preserving data on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and an explanation Arweave as a decentralized ‘permaweb’, discussing its myriad features and benefits.
About the speaker:
Andrew Nielsen is an advocacy of digital rights and literature within hip-hop and the nerdcore subgenre. A Stanford alumnus, Nielsen’s advocacy for open information dissemination is highlighted in his track “Download This Song.” Furthermore, as an originator of “lit-hop”, he merges literary influences, from Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe, within his music. His work as the creative director at PDS is reinforced by his passion for the intersection of Creative Commons advocacy and literary expression.