Australian Government’s budget on Blockchain-based COVID-19 app

AUS Government’s budget on Blockchain COVID-19 app

Australia’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic affairs has recently made a grant of $67,600 to a project called QualiSig, the prototype uses the Ardor blockchain built by Swiss firm Jelurida and its Ignis tokenizing system.  Basically to fight fraud, bogus news and health data, Australia is trying to come up with this digital identity system. The app was developed by Thomas Wernbacher and Alexander Pfeiffer both of whom are Danube University Krems researchers.

Maybe the prototype will take eight months to come into action but a more measured approach than that which will ensure user privacy and wide-spread adoption will always welcome.

Australia has become failure to gain traction with their Stopp Corona app even though the app saw 400,000 downloads. The COVID-19 app wasn’t open source has taken as a major problem.

Systematic way

As per Pfeiffer’s belief the proposed QualiSig’s, out of three prototypes, allowing of door-to-door testing for COVID-19 can lead public to become victims of fraud. According to the prototype, a citizen through his mobile phone will scan the QR code which leads to a verification page showing a signature from a public authority. The agent has to complete the test and signed by the Red Cross or a government health agency.

Verifiable credentials of the tester are attached to an Ignis blockchain utility token. Pfeiffer sees the potential of the system to roll out to many different areas and that’s he wants the system to be hand-in-hand in marketing and information to citizens.

Use of others

Out of the three prototypes the second one prevents fake news and the third one combines recent test results for COVID-19. Other projects are also working on similar apps. Pfeiffer want to offer people the authority of their own data so that people can host their own node on the blockchain. Every person will see their data with their own private keys. The team will present the three ‘’near-market prototypes’’ to the government for evaluable at the end of eight month period. The tech is built using the Ardor mainnet and real citizenship infrastructure. 40% of the total cost of the project has come from the Australian government and the remaining fund from the respective partners.

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