Mexican Government to Test Blockchain in Public Contracts

According n ational digital strategy coordinator blockchain technology would eliminate the "easily corruptible" human element 
05 April 2018   362

Mexican authorities had been working on the bids tracking project for public contracts with blockchain. This is reported by Coindesk.

Speaking at a tech conference in Jalisco, Mexico's national digital strategy coordinator Yolanda Martinez detailed Blockchain HACKMX, a project she said has been in production since last September. The system was initially developed by a team of university graduates whose design won a contest calling for blockchain solutions that can help improve public services.

Yolanda Martinez, Mexico's national digital strategy coordinator told at a tech conference in Jalisco about Blockchain HACKMX. According to her, project is in the production from Septmber 2017. Initially, the system was developed by a team of university graduates whose design won a contest.

With blockchain applied to public contracts we'll be able to know whether a company that provides services to the government is trustworthy.
 

Yolanda Martinez

National digital strategy coordinator, Mexico

Martinez told attendees that the technology would eliminate the "easily corruptible" human element and introduce transparency to the public tender process. Records of the bidding process will be stored in blockchain with ability to be checked after the fact.

At the momeent, there's no tech info about the project, but Debate's report suggests the project will eventually be rolled out to the public, with the government eyeing it as a solution for state and local governments in particular.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   97

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.