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The change of government and the pandemic are hindering the advance of the Argentine federal block chain

April 25, 2020

The Argentine Federal Blockchain (BFA) is a secure and transparent multi-service platform that has a federal area that is supported by blockchain.

The BFA aims to develop a cooperative ecosystem to reliably integrate services and operations. This project uses Distributed Accounting Technology (DLT), which is derived from BitcoinIf two or more people can conduct any type of transaction without middlemen and are intended to support developments and contributions from all areas of society without having to work with the cryptocurrencies involved, the development of services and initiatives based on technological innovation will be favored.

It is the only public blockchain network in the countrysponsored and administered by the government. The progress and development of the Argentine federal block chain have been put on hold Because of the political transition that the country launched a few months ago and now the pandemic that triggered a global health emergency.

The change of government and the pandemic are hindering the advance of the Argentine federal block chainThe change of government and the pandemic are hindering the advance of the Argentine federal block chain

According to Argentina’s new government policy, the BFA had planned to resume operations at the end of March since the beginning of December last year The platform only worked on temporary approvals for partners requesting themHowever, due to the expansion of the corona virus, it was unable to resume its functions.

The data released in this network should not be changed. However, an official bulletin has recently been published stating this The Argentine Federal Blockchain allowed the validation of a document that contained information about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. where they mention some guidelines that are said to have been adopted for government employees in this situation. This information turned out to be incorrect, the national government pointed out after it released a second version of the same bulletin that had already been certified online.

After the Official Journal website was offline for several hours The authorities confirmed that the page had been hacked into the official website. The Official Journal is a legally recognized publication in printed form. Laws that have been ratified and signed by the government are published and made official by them.

What happened triggered negative reactions on social networkswhere different perspectives were exposed. They pointed out that a thorough investigation is needed to find and punish those responsible.

It is uncertain whether the validation process of this newsletter was carried out with the participation of a user or whether it was carried out automatically to complete the process. With this situation It shows the decline, vulnerability and vulnerabilities that the BFA platform has.

Previously, the Official Journal of the Argentine Nation certified its spending on the Open Timestamps (OTS) platform.This is a decentralized system that the Bitcoin network uses to prove the presence of documents. It interacts regularly with calendar servers to group requests and record certificates.

For 2019, however, the documents will be validated with the Federal Blockchain Argentina. In this way, the Official Journal has allowed an additional mechanism for users to check the authenticity and correctness of the electronic edition. With the operation of the BFA, the Official Journal is a pioneer of this new platform and takes over this new validation mechanism for its users.

Blockchain in public administration

Introducing new technologies in the public sector can be a complex taskThis requires the creation of capacities within the administration and clear rules of the game for the proper implementation and above all the creation of the foundations – regulatory, budgetary and political – for sustainability.

There are currently several experiences with blockchain technology from isolated pilots, Used with little relationship to other public institutions and in many cases parallel to the process of shaping public policy and the current legal and regulatory framework.

This may be due in part to the lack of maturity of the technology that prevents all attributes from being used on a large scale due to problems such as the speed of transactions, energy consumption and the size of blocks.

However, several of these pilot projects have created positive incentives to promote public innovation, service delivery efficiency, and system digitization.

The BFA was an example of the time when attempts were made to introduce blockchain in public administration, and especially in a volatile economy like Argentina.

When it was announced in October 2019 that new members of the public sector and private companies would be admitted to the BFA, The expectations of the potential use cases that would arise in the strategic partnership were enormous.

At this time One of the most interesting cases was that of the nation’s official gazette publications on its own blockchain Instead of a public one like Bitcoin or Ethereum due to the cost problem that allowed users to fill out a free form with the decentralized and transparent performance guaranteed by disruptive technology.

For now The BFA has not managed to catapult itself to the desired level indoors, but its activity continues as reported on April 2 in his official Twitter account about the integration of the Sadosky Foundation into its ecosystem. In the event of explicit government support for the technology by the incumbent government, it will then be possible to see more activities in the near future, similar to when it was founded.

Although technology can ultimately provide more transparency and immutability in processes within public administration It will depend on the officials responsible for maintaining the BFA and promoting its use.

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