Buenos Aires may use blockchain technology to process payments for social assistance

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In order to make social aid payments more transparent, Buenos Aires lawmaker Dario Nieto has proposed a bill that would use blockchain technology to do so. Nieto has expressed dissatisfaction with the various middlemen who profit from these social campaigns and has suggested that the introduction of blockchain could put an end to these practices.

Due to the potential for implementation-wide traceability that blockchain technology offers, many systems are using it. Buenos Aires senator Dario Nieto is recommending using blockchain as a key component of a system to manage social assistance payments. In response, he introduced a bill that would end many of the activities that were a result of these programs.

In his opinion, payments from social assistance programs are frequently used by various middlemen to make money or coerce recipients into taking part in political activities. Regarding this, Nieto said:

The management of social plans has become a huge apparatus used to do politics, with which the leaders of social movements extort people with abusive practices, such as asking for money returns, a percentage of the plan, going to march and block streets.

According to Nieto, blockchain tech might help in this regard, making every payment traceable and putting middlemen out of the equation. He explained:

With blockchain, the money leaves the Ministry of Social Development directly to the beneficiary, without asking for voluntary contributions, without favors such as attendance controls at pickets or marches.

A City Married With Blockchain

Nieto has previously introduced bills based on the blockchain. The legislator has already introduced a bill that would incorporate blockchain technology into a system for managing state contracts and purchases.

A city that has incorporated blockchain into its planning is Buenos Aires. The city is currently finishing up the implementation of TangoID, a blockchain-based ID system, as part of a modernization program. By January 2023, according to Buenos Aires’ government, it hopes to have it operational.

The city announced in August that it would run Ethereum nodes in order to gain more knowledge about the chain for regulatory purposes. The city announced in April that it would accept cryptocurrency as payment for taxes in 2023.