Eva Kaili is a member of the European Parliament. It represents Greece and has a very positive view of blockchain technology. Unlike many politicians who strongly associate the blockchain with the criptos, Eva Kaili sees the blockchain as a transformative technology in the political realm.
As the recent US mid-term elections have shown, voting systems are all but perfect. Reports are a time-consuming process and do not address the basics of a voting system that is not as secure or precise as it should be.
Eva Kaili sees promise in Blockchain
Eva Kaili sees that the blockchain is already entering the global market.
He told EAK TV that:
"I would say that in every sector I see interesting developments, but maybe more value with the supply chain … other things are removing friction with intermediaries, saving us from the costs that we should not have in financial services".
There is no doubt that logistics is a primary sector for blockchain adoption. Object tracking will not only benefit from blockchain commercial finance, but is also about to switch to private blockchain platforms.
Many politicians have been totally negative about blockchain and cryptos, but Eva Kaili sees more interest from other MEPs from the EU. He commented that,
"I would say that we try to have a very positive environment for innovation and technology, not to accept the resistance of the traditional system and the banking system … I think everyone now understands the potential and the impact that this technology could have ".
Political positions question
There are a number of other people both inside and outside of global governments who suggest that blockchain could have a future in governance.
The head of public relations for the E-Residency in Estonia, Arnaud Castaignet, recently spoke of an idea that would allow users to use blockchain-based tokens to identify themselves. He feels that a program based on cryptography would cut red tape, and therefore costs.
The Minister of Information Technology and Tourism for the Government of Karnataka (India), Priyank M Kharge, told the media that,
"We have to understand that blockchain technology did not happen one day at a time, even the Internet revolution or mobile technology took its time, it took two or three decades for this kind of interruption. need to explore and understand this technology [Blockchain] better really make it a popular technology. And more importantly, we need to understand how to use this technology in governance. How can I use it to give a better delivery system for citizens ".
Indian states like Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also working on platforms that manage public sector records such as registering property or vehicles with blockchain. The Indian federal government also appears to be on board, although no official initiatives have yet been launched.
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Thai Party Using Blockchain for the elections
The Thai Democratic Party used a blockchain system to facilitate their primary elections at the beginning of the month. The platform was powered by Zcoin and was the only system used for the whole process.
The founder and lead developer of Zcoin, Poramin Insom, said that,
"I am very proud that Zcoin played a role in making Thailand's first large-scale electronic voting, a reality that saw greater voter participation and transparency, and I believe we have reached a huge milestone in the political history of our country and we hope that other political parties or even the government not only in Thailand, but in the region, can use blockchain technology to allow electronic voting or a large-scale survey ".
The blockchain platform brought together over 120,000 people from all over Thailand, and was deemed successful. All votes were recorded on the Zcoin blockchain and are impossible to change. Before being registered, Zcoin reported using the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to create encrypted data packets that contained voting numbers and identification documents.
Blockchain is definitely breaching in many areas that seem far away at first sight. The link thread is required for protected records. In many areas the established system is simply inefficient and in others it is not at all. The blockchain vote is an area where people could benefit from better record keeping, but it's not the only one!