Uruguayan Digital Party to Embrace Æternity Blockchain Technology For Member Voting

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The next-generation, open-source blockchain for building decentralized applications- Æternity is collaborating with the Uruguay Digital Party to optimize the participation processes of the party members through the use of blockchain technology in internal voting.

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In an exclusive interview, CEO of Æternity Americas Pablo Coirolo told Blockchain News that Æternity protocol will be able to verify voters and allow for anonymity.

“This is a governance app which allows party members to vote internally on party policy, stated Coirolo. “We separate identity from the vote on Blockchain.”

pabloCoirolo, born in Uruguay and raised in the USA, is a former Agricultural Engineer with an MBA who went on to head Telefonica in Uruguay, before entering the high finance world of M&As. In 2014, when he discovered bitcoin and blockchain he was hooked.

While building the CIE ORT Aeternity Centre for Innovation in Blockchain at ORT University of Uruguay, he was introduced to the political leaders of the Digital Party of Uruguay who jumped on board.

“It all happened very fast,” said Coirolo.

“The application of democratic governance that will be implemented by the Digital Party is based on the internal governance solution that Æternity uses for internal community decision-making, which is a completely new architecture, allowing greater participation of citizens in political decisions at all levels, with unalterable reliability,” added Coirolo.

“This is an important milestone on the road to the massive use of blockchain technology to benefit democratic institutions.”

This allows for both transparency and credibility – as well as honest voting without repercussion which will allow members of the Digital Party to participate in the political decisions of their community in a decentralized manner. Uruguay’s stable and forward-looking politicians, strong IT sector and openness to financial innovation and foreign investment and ideas makes it ripe for blockchain to enter the political realm.

Æternity will work in two main areas.

  • The first phase of the project will focus on the development of a decentralized application based on the “liquid democracy” model, which operates with tokens using a basic set of smart contracts that the Digital Party will use for its internal governance.
  • A technological solution will also be developed for the collection and validation of adherent identities. This will allow the Digital Party to create a secure and transparent database.

In this way, each citizen can vote on proposals and give ideas directly and safely, thanks to encryption techniques that ensure a verifiable process separating the identity of the vote, which is kept secret.

Started in 2013, the Digital Party’s representatives affirm that it is the first political party focused on bringing the digital era to the political sphere of Uruguay. It is defined as a group of people who believe that each Uruguayan must audit their representatives and take advantage of technology to expand citizen influence.

“We want to put technology at the service of Uruguayans to add participation and transparency to decision making. We believe that the benefits granted by blockchain in terms of security and decentralization of processes allow us to offer Uruguayans a solution according to our expectations,” said Digital Party President Justin Graside.

The Digital Party will campaign during the next national elections of October 2019 and in the departmental elections of the following year.

 

Æternity is a public, open-source blockchain protocol that enables a platform for next-generation decentralized applications and high scalability. Its core components are written in the functional programming language Erlang, and its smart contracts are also functional. Unlike other blockchain platforms, the Æternity protocol itself incorporates several essential technological features. Æternity also features SDKs in Javascript, GO, Phyton, Java, as well as a middleware and a development suite that streamlines smart contract development. For more information, please visit https://æternity.com/.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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