We are looking for adherents at higher levels and constantly explain “why the blockchain is here”, e-Vox authors
The electronic voting system, called e-Vox, as one of Ukrainian blockchain innovations can make an electoral system transparent, but society is still poorly informed of the block chain concept.
This is the opinion of Mikhail Tiutin (Varegeer) and Andrey Zamovskiy (Ambisafe), project developers.
We talked to them about factors that prevent Ukraine from crossing over to electronic election and about issues that e-Vox protocol is able to solve.
Interviewer: Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Kiev (BCK)
Speakers: Andrey Zamovskiy (A.Z.), Mikhail Tiutin (M.T.)
BCK: Question to Andrey: tell about your latest brainchild, called Ambisafe. Who are these people working with you? And how have you gathered them into one team?
A.Z.: Ambisafe started as an out-of-the-box solution (standard function software for a certain target audience – ed.) of a cryptocurrency wallet for new blockchain projects. But now we are presenting the full services for creating financial tools, based on Ethereum smart contracts, from the concept to the exchanges integration.
BCK: How is it going with your e-Vox voting system? Can it be used already?
M.T.: No, it cannot. MVP (Model-View-Presenter, design pattern – ed.) will be updated according to acceleration in EGAP. Currently, the e-Vox team is focusing on project promotion and obtaining financing on its further development.
A.Z.: Unfortunately, the project is advancing very slowly due to excessive political nature of the issue. We and Vareger have done our work, and there is the operating petition system on Ethereum.
The project was accepted to EGAP, Odessa startup accelerator.
Let us recall: the e-Vox system has achieved success at EGAP Challenge hackathon, organized by the Electronic Government Agency. The project has come to the next stage of the competition.
BCK: Collective decision-making processes are only beginning to develop in Ukraine: sign a petition, choose a head of the apartment building co-owners association etc. Is e-Vox suitable for these purposes? And will ordinary people be able to use it?
A.Z.: Yes, all these aspects are covered by the protocol, but integration under specific scenarios requires fieldwork. There are no people willing to deal with educative fieldwork, and budgets for implementation are also absent.
M.T.: That’s right, the protocol allows all of these but there are local problems. Within the contest and EGAP acceleration, we offer to make voting for local councils in Ukraine. And we have faced total misunderstanding: “why is blockchain here?”, and in some cases even technology denial: “We have lived and will live without blockchain. Look at how many systems operate without it, and everything is fine”. Our efforts are aimed at education as well.
BCK: What is required to switch election in Ukraine to blockchain one? Apparently, authorities won’t be much on your innovation. Who and how will promote e-Vox at higher levels?
A.Z.: One should change a part of legislation describing election holding technology. Moreover, technical integration with several banks was also required. The latter one is done, but the previous one requires political will.
M.T.: Firstly, the legislation should be changed. Ukraine doesn’t have such a term as “electronic election”. One has been already discussing this issue and, perhaps, even working on new bills. But I have no idea when they will appear.
Secondly, a technical platform. Its implementation 100% depends on the law, which will be adopted. For instance, integration with banks is required for identity authentication, and it is only one of possible options. There is also an EDS (Electronic Digital Signature – ed.) and there will be EDS passports. I am sure that even in this case we will have to explain “why blockchain is here”. Thus, as to e-Vox, we decided to begin with local councils where a decision of each implementation depends on one to five people. We understand that convincing five people is easier. And neighbors’ successful implementations will convince the others.
We cannot say whether the authority is much on the new system. I don’t see political opposition. Currently, I’m observing that people don’t understand what the blockchain is, what advantages it gives and why it should be used for such systems. Explanatory work will take lots of time: comparing with existing analogues, analyzing, proving.
We are trying to find adherents at higher levels and work with them. We advise them on technical details, blockchain, and they come up to us with new questions. That’s how we live. As of today, our strategy is the following: “we also have so-and-so but at the same time the blockchain provides this and that”. It does work with e-Vox.
BCK: if I am an entrepreneur and understand that switching to the blockchain is perfect for some of my business processes. Where can I find developers and how much will be their services?
A.Z.: Contact [email protected], we will listen to you and help with a project personally or redirect you to the more appropriate company.
BCK: September 23, you will moderate Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference section for developers. How useful will this section be for your IT colleagues?
A.Z.: The amount of blockchain press release writers significantly exceeds the amount of code writers. We lack programmers who understand the industry quite well. We hope that the section for developers will inspire people to start focusing on cryptocurrencies as the main activity area rather than just a hobby.
You will be able to communicate with Andrey Zamovskiy personally within Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Kiev on September 23.
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