April 27, 2018, has been marked as the most momentous day of the Korean history as well as in the nascent history of the blockchain. It was the first time that both leaders from North and South Korea met and signed a peace agreement. What was momentous for blockchain world in this was that the signing of the agreement has been permanently recorded on the Ethereum blockchain.
According to a few media reports, Ryu Gi-hyeok, a 27-year-old game designer and developer from South Korea, has coded the Panmunjom Declaration, which includes the most important line of the agreement that “there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula,” in both Korean and English and stored both versions in two Ethereum transactions.
A section of the treaty, as it appears on Ethereum, reads “During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China with a view to declaring an end to the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.”
As widely reported around the globe, the event saw South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who shook hands with each other on both sides of the border – the first time in the history of both the countries’ where leaders have done so in years. This also marked the declaration of the end of the Korean War.
Ryu, as was quoted in various media reports, said that since it was such a historic moment for both the countries, he felt that he should too contribute to it as a developer. This is when he decided to record the Panmunjom Declaration on the blockchain. Having found the copy of declaration on the Blue House homepage he recorded the same on Ethereum’s blockchain- also implying something that will not be changed or tampered on either side. This historic agreement is now live and accessible by anyone, forever which is due to the immutable and public nature of Ethereum’s blockchain
Ryu said he is also planning to introduce a website service that will “keep all historic records permanent and immutable” on a blockchain. He drew inspiration from activists of the #metoo moment in China, who used the Ethereum blockchain to record messages as a way to evade internet censorship.
In the earlier case reported from China, an open letter written by a senior student from China’s prestigious Peking University about a historical case of suspected rape was firstly censored across the internet in China. However, it was later converted to code and stored on the Ethereum blockchain by an anonymous individual. The move subsequently sparked interest across members from different universities in China, who subsequently voiced their support for the letter’s writer using the blockchain.