Moscow: a blockchain service for the city administration
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Moscow: a blockchain service for the city administration

By Michele Porta - 16 Aug 2019

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Moscow, the capital of Russia, is looking for blockchain experts able to build an Ethereum-based system for the management of some of the city’s administrative services.

According to some local media, the department of information technology in Moscow announced an auction to build a system based on Ethereum that will be responsible for securing the electronic services that are already available to Moscow citizens.

Details of the project

The list of services that will be hosted on the platform includes the management of documents relating to property owners of residents and the allocation of slots for farmers’ markets in the city.

The estimated cost of development is 57 million Russian rubles, amounting to about 780 thousand euros.

The system will be based on the Proof-of-Authority (PoA) consensus algorithm and will have to handle a maximum load of 1.5 million simultaneous users.

The development of the platform has an estimated time of 60 days that will commence once the contractor has been chosen and the agreement signed, according to the established terms.

The IT department has stated that it wants to increase citizens’ trust in Moscow’s electronic services by making operations as transparent as possible using blockchain technology.

Active Citizen

The platform will also need to be integrated with other secondary blockchain services currently being tested and operated by the government of the city of Moscow.

These include a voting platform called Active Citizen that allows Moscow residents to state their preferences on issues such as locations for new bike lanes, street decorations or to vote on events in the city.

The city has been testing Active Citizen for almost two years, more precisely since 2017.

According to an official announcement, there is also a plan to allow a number of districts to vote electronically during this fall’s elections, using blockchain technology. However, the option will only be available to 6% of the voters.

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