The example that Joe and Gavin cited was the government of Turkey’s ruling to shut down Wikipedia in April 2017. A group of “hacktivists” used a new protocol called IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) to make an entire copy of the Turkish Wikipedia available and stored it in a distributed fashion. Typically, websites are stored in a central location using the HTTP protocol, but with IPFS, the files can be stored on computers in various locations. (Akin to a public Dropbox or similar to the very comical efforts of the fictional PiedPiper in the HBO television show Silicon Valley where they set out to create a new internet sharing across devices.)
Joe also cited an example from Estonia where the government is using blockchain technology to secure government data and enable citizens more control over their healthcare and medical data.
Likening blockchains to “a database we all agree on.” The magic of blockchain technology is that it solves the problem of digital abundance and computers’ innate ability for infinite copying by creating scarcity, ensuring that only one copy of something exists.