The government of Moscow has announced the launch of “Digital Home,” a digital communication service that enables holding online meetings and polls between neighbors via blockchain.
Digital Home operates via Active Citizen, an electronic voting platform that runs on a private version of ethereum. Since the launch in 2014, Active Citizen e-voting platform has gathered more than 2 million users and 93 million opinions. In total, there have been 3,510 polls held.
According to the city regulations, every residential house is managed by a group of neighbors. From time to time they should conduct a general face-to-face meeting in order to decide whether to install a driveway access gates to the yard, to replace the entrance door, to hire a new doorkeeper or to choose new management company.
Each year, Moscow residents hold five thousand to seven thousand face-to-face meetings on such matters, but such gatherings are getting harder to arrange in a busy urban environment. The goal of Digital Home is to simplify communication between neighbors and relocate their meetings to an online platform.
“We believe it’s essential to build a convenient environment to allow neighbors to influence the neighborhood they are living in,” said Andrey Belozerov, an advisor to the chief information officer of Moscow. “The pace of life in [big cities] imposes its conditions and it is rather difficult to find a suitable time for everyone and schedule a meeting between neighbors offline.”
Each question that should be put forward for discussion and further voted for or against will be moved to polls via blockchain in e-voting system that is easily accessible at any point of time either from desktop or mobile application. The online meetings are available for various groups of people: owners of apartments, registered neighbors, management organizations, homeowners associations (HOAs) and the Capital Repair Fund. The information about current surveys and meetings is available through applications, per e-mail or SMS.
Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 12.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.1 million within the urban area. Moscow is the seat of power of the government of Russia, being the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence for work of the president of Russia.
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