Posted 2 years ago | by Ben Armstrong

Æternity Blockchain Brings ‘Liquid Democracy’ to Uruguay

On October 3rd, Æternity, an open source decentralized application (DApp)-focused blockchain, will partner with the Uruguay Digital Party to improve the country’s democratic processes and internal voting.

The ultimate goal of this partnership is to build a new wherein citizen of Uruguay and members of the Digital Party can participate in various political decisions in a transparent and decentralized manner.

Æternity is Expanding Ties in Uruguay

This is not the first time that Æternity blockchain has worked on socially progressive issues in Uruguay.

On September 25th, the company launched a platform to track the supply chain on Montevideo-based medical and recreational cannabis producer Uruguay Can.

For those following the global movement to legalise cannabis, Uruguay was the first country to do so, in both production and sales, in December 2013.

The first phase of the supply chain management system implementation will occur in October with an estimated completion date of January 2020.

Unalterable liquid democracy

Established in 2013, the Digital Party’s representatives also claim that it is “the first political party focused on bringing the digital era to the political sphere of Uruguay.”

According to the October announcement, and in keeping with the aims of the party, the first phase of the UDP project will focus on creating a DApp based on the “liquid democracy” model.

“Liquid democracy” employs digital tokens and a basic set of smart contracts that the Party can use for its internal governance.

New Ways to Ensure Accountability

In addition to these elements, the party also would like to develop a secure and transparent database using a technological solution “for the collection and validation of adherent identities.”

Pablo Coirolo, CEO of Æternity Americas, added:

“The application of democratic governance that will be implemented by the Digital Party is based on the internal governance solution that aeternity 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.”

Voting is one of the best areas that blockchain could help to make more efficient. Not only are blockchain solutions likely to be cheaper than many existing systems, they can also ensure that the voting process is honest, and any disputes can be resolved with solid data.