Swiss ‘Crypto Valley’ Zug Set to Test Blockchain Voting
The city of Zug, Switzerland, is conducting the country’s first blockchain-based test vote later this month to decide whether the technology can be used on a broader scale.
The blockchain-powered trial municipal vote will be conducted with the help of the Zug’s eID system. Voters will decide on city’s’ minor issues as well as the future of eID system.
The official announcement states:
“At 10:00 am on June 25th, the city of Zug is offering the first Blockchain-based consultative vote to all owners of a digital ID. The vote includes two yes / no questions and one question with multiple answers to choose from. The survey runs until 11:59 pm on July 1, 2018.”
Zug is considered to be the center of blockchain in Switzerland. It is the first city in the world to accept bitcoin as payment for public services. Last year, Zug officials established “Crypto Valley”, a not-for-profit organization supporting the development of blockchain and cryptographic related technologies and businesses.
The blockchain-based digital ID was introduced in the city in November 2017 and is currently in a pilot phase. Only citizens that currently have a digital ID will be eligible to take part in the upcoming blockchain-based test poll.
The survey will seek responses from voters in areas including fireworks at the annual Lakeside Festival, the ease of use of digital ID’s and which applications they would like to pursue – lending of books, payment of parking fees, lending of city bikes etc.
“The survey is based on blockchain technology and is intended to serve, among other things, the review of security-relevant aspects (privacy protection, voting secrecy, immutability, testability and traceability). It is a consultative vote, which gives the city council valuable information from the population. However, it is not legally binding like a proper referendum,” it added.
Swissinfo.ch reported that participants would be able to cast their vote using their smartphones by downloading the existing uPort app to register.
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