City of San Lorenzo in Argentina supports voting in a blockchain
This September 10, the city of San Lorenzo, in the south of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, announced that the results of the voting of the projects that will be financed by the municipality have been registered in a blockchain based on Ethereum
According to a press release, the integration of the Argentine Federal Blockchain (BFA) platform was carried out in the 2019 edition of the Participatory Budget of the city, in order to improve the transparency of the voting processes, since anyone can consult them.
Since 2018, the government’s collaboration with Santalab, the Public Innovation Laboratory of the Government of Santa Fe, Virtuágora and the Red Democracy Foundation allowed citizens to create this website to boost digital voting. In the portal, citizens can consult the details of the projects nominated and vote for those that benefit the community.
One year after its creation, the website now integrates distributed accounting technology to “add an extra layer of reliability to the voting process,” as can be read in the statement, since registration is done daily. Up to the time of writing this article, 11 temporary marks have been made in the Argentine Federal Blockchain, which can be consulted through its block explorer.
The Argentine Federal Blockchain, meanwhile, emerged from the union of the Argentine Chamber of Internet (Cabase), Nic Argentina and the Association of University Interconnection Networks (ARIU). Its operations began in 2018, in order to improve the transparency and security of the public, private and educational sector, as well as the operation of the Internet in the region. Although it is a platform that uses cryptoactive technology, it does not have its own cryptocurrency.
Some operational details of this allowed, public and open source blockchain are found in the repository stored in GitlLab. There it can be read that BFA works by means of the Consensus of Authority consensus protocol and that all transactions made in the network are free, since the gas necessary to carry them out is distributed to the nodes periodically by means of an intelligent contract called Distillery.
The implementation of the Argentine Federal Blockchain technology for registering the votes of the Budget is the first approach that the Municipality of San Lorenzo gives to cryptoactive technology. However, other regions of the country, such as the Province of Misiones and the Marcos Paz Municipality have experimented with this technology for waste management and to reward the timely payment of taxes and civic actions such as recycling, respectively.
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