Ethereum [ETH] based app “uPort” launched to digitize Swiss’ city for Blockchain voting pilot
Ethereum (ETH) based app “uPort” has been launched to provide the residents of Swiss city, Zug with digitized ID’s. The Swiss city plans on conducting a Blockchain voting pilot for the municipal elections. Zug is often referred to as “Crypto valley” because of its openness to cryptocurrencies and the underlying Blockchain technology. The city is also home to several Blockchain-based start-ups. Ethereum the second largest coin the cryptocurrency market is on the move to scale its transaction speeds. Implementation of the Plasma protocol and sharding could improve the transaction speeds on the Ethereum network.
The Swiss city’s residents in its entirety will use their eID system to vote via their smartphones during the pilot. The elections pilot is set to be held this month between June 25th and July 1st. The pilot is being conducted to understand whether the technology can be implemented further on a larger scale. The results from this pilot won’t be binding for the city authorities since it is only a tester.
Last autumn, the citizens of Zug were introduced to Digital IDs in a pilot phase. This move was to give the citizens’ digital access council services. The city plans on launching a voting pilot as a Blockchain base for both polling system and residents’ IDs. This Blockchain based voting pilot was planned to launch an Ethereum-based app called “uPort.” This app was used to digitize the IDs of the local residents. The program which started in November, now has over 200 residents signed up for the new service according to their announcement.
Ethereum based app
uPort is an open Identity platform built on the Ethereum Blockchain. According to their website, it “returns ownership of identity to the individual.” Users can register their own identity on Ethereum, send and request credentials, sign transactions, and securely manage keys & data. And all this allowed by the open identity system of the app.
A social media enthusiast called Charles Johnson, says:
“Considering Swiss’ open framework and acceptable regulations, this is not a great surprise. Excellent move and a wonderful step ahead Zug. Looking forward to more advancements and citizen friendly activities.”
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