Moscow has launched a blockchain-based voting platform to connect neighbors all over the city.
Each year citizens hold meetings on household topics. Statistics show up to 7 thousand face-to-face meetings on such matters. And it is getting harder to arrange it in the big busy city such Moscow is.
“We believe it’s essential to build a convenient environment to allow neighbors to influence the neighborhood they are living in. […] The pace of life in [big cities] imposes its conditions and it is rather difficult to find a suitable time for everyone and schedule a meeting between neighbors offline,” said Andrey Belozerov, an advisor to the chief information officer of Moscow. ”
The municipal government of the capital has launched Digital Home, a service allows neighbors to electronically vote and communicate with each other on issues like replacing the door or changing a management company.
The service uses Active Citizen, an electronic voting platform that runs on a private version of Ethereum.
Last year Active Citizen began using blockchain technology to make the results publicly verified and to eliminate the problems associated with counting votes in the city.
“Once the vote is placed, it will be listed in a ledger consisting of all votes [that have] taken place across a peer-to-peer network. It will guarantee that the data will not be lost or altered by someone after the vote was casted so there is no chance for fraud or third-party interference,” according to the city’s public statement.
Active Citizen launched in 2014 and has already collected more than 2 million users.