Zug will allow residents to take part in a blockchain-based test vote later this month, as the Swiss city mulls whether the technology can be used on a broader scale.
The small scale consultative vote will utilise the city’s eID system, which was set up in November of last year and currently counts around 200 users. Voters will be able to vote via their smartphones by downloading the existing uPort app to register.
The move is another example of Zug’s welcoming attitude towards blockchain and the cryptocurrencies that run on the platform. Zug is already home to several blockchain start-ups, earning it the name “Crypto Valley”. The city also accepts payments for some services in cryptocurrencies.
Zug introduced its eID system to allow citizens digital access council services in a pilot phase starting last autumn. The system went further than others in use in Switzerland by putting it on the blockchain – a decentralised database that grants users full control over their data.
Source : Swissinfo