IfI Colloquium: Blockchain as an Enabler for e-Government and e-Democracy, December 14, 2017


Daniel Gasteiger, nexussquared, Switzerland

Giorgio Zinetti, Procivis, Switzerland

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 17:15 h

Location: BIN 2.A.01


This colloquium's talk on "Blockchain as an Enabler for e-Government and e-Democracy" will focus on the opportunities and challenges that this new technology brings to governments and supranational organizations when it comes to the digitalization and democratization of societies. Blockchain technology is being introduced in many countries, for a variety of purposes, including: registration of movable and immovable assets, such as land titles, commercial records, intellectual property, wills, social protection, health care data, and pension systems. Blockchain solutions are available to conduct auctions, to promote transparency of the national and local budgets, to secure reliable vote counting in elections, and to create crowdfunding platforms enabling investors to trace expenditures on their projects. A special focus will be given to the opportunities that come with the digitalization of voting processes given the technologies core features including immutability, anonymity, and persistence.


Daniel Gasteiger has worked in financial services for more than 20 years. Starting out as an FX trader at Credit Suisse, he later joined UBS to work with hedge funds and third-party banks promoting UBS's business-to-business API solutions and Prime Brokerage services. In his last role at UBS, he built up and managed the Office of the Chairman as a Managing Director. His fascination for Blockchain technology led to the decision to start nexussquared in Fall 2015, a business consultancy platform based in Zurich. In September 2016 he founded Procivis AG, a Zurich based start-up that looks to leverage blockchain technology and smart phones to deliver its "e-government as a service" platform.

Giorgio Zinetti is the CTO of Procivis and holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He did work previously with UBS, where he led a number of innovation projects within the UBS Wealth Management Innovation Group. Prior to this, he has worked as a software engineer. As Procivis CTO, he will design and implement Procivis's technology strategy in close  collaboration with external technology partners. This includes the buildup of an in-house team of expert blockchain and crypto engineers. In addition to the successful implementation of the Procivis eID+ solution, as part of the recently announced pilot project with the Canton of Schaffhausen, Giorgio Zinetti's immediate focus will be on the assessment of different blockchain protocols for digital identity and electronic voting services.