Petition n. 1088/2020

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Petition no. 1088/2020, presented by Roberto De Biase, an Italian citizen, on the introduction of a "blockchain-based card" to ensure automatic payments of social security benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic (Petizione n. 1088/2020, presentata da Roberto De Biase, cittadino italiano, sull'introduzione di una "blockchain-based card" per assicurare pagamenti automatici delle prestazioni previdenziali durante la pandemia di COVID-19):

Petition number: 1088/2020

Themes : Healthcare

Country: European Union

Summary of the petition:

The petitioner argues the need to reduce people's travel as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to reduce infections and pressure on hospitals, as well as avoid new lockdowns and their harmful consequences on the European economy. The petitioner points out that one of the causes of forced movement of people from their homes is the need to physically go to the premises of the social security institutions, in order to apply for financial benefits to support income. This need exists in particular for people who do not have computers, Internet connections or knowledge to use the digital services of social security institutions. In order to avoid such movements, which could cause further spread of the coronavirus, the petitioner proposes to equip all citizens residing in Europe with a "blockchain-based card", on which to automatically receive tokens representing income support measures of social security institutions and with which to be able to pay at physical shops. According to the petitioner, citizens registered in this type of system would no longer be forced to go to social security institutions, but could automatically receive the amounts of social security benefits on their card, and could subsequently spend them at commercial merchants.

Full text of the petition n. 1088/2020:

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Petition 1088/2020: "blockchain-based card" to ensure automatic payments of social security benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic:

The number of people infected with Coronavirus and those sick with Covid-19 are soaring and causing critical pressure on hospitals, putting the public health system and public health in serious difficulty. It is necessary to reduce the movement of people as much as possible, as carriers of the coronavirus, in order to reduce infections and pressure on hospitals, avoiding new lockdowns that would block the Italian economy. One of the causes of forced movement of people from their homes is the need for millions of people to physically go to the INPS offices, or its intermediaries, in order to request income support financial services, especially in this period of economic crisis characterized by sharp increase in applications for basic income (DRC), emergency income (REM), etc. Many people do not have computers, internet connections and knowledge (as well as having health problems that prevent the use of IT devices) due to use INPS digital services, for which they are forced to physically go to these places, exposing themselves to the risk of contracting the coronavirus/sars cov 2 and falling ill with Covid-19 or becoming vectors of the virus, triggering exponential processes of contagion DURING THE ROUTE TO GO TO THE INPS OFFICES OR ITS INTERMEDIARIES. The solution to this problem (which can become a model applicable to other similar cases) could be to equip all citizens residing in Italy (at their request following a government information campaign) with a blockchain-based card (such as the #Scrypta foundation - eg #SocialPay - - - ) on which to automatically receive tokens representing INPS income support measures (e.g. emergency income tokens; citizenship income tokens, etc.), with which to pay at physical shops (and e-commerce for those owns-knows how to use smartphones, PCs, etc.), etc., avoiding the need for recipients to have IT devices and technical knowledge to use tokens, software, as the card would be usable as a normal credit/debit card ( the initiative would be useful to also to start digital culture projects from a blockchain perspective to increase the digital skills of Italian citizens and encourage their active inclusion in the digital economy). All the processes relating to the investigation of INPS applications, being based on mathematical mechanisms (economic requirements, citizenship, etc.) detectable on computer systems, do not require human interactions, but can be performed by smart contracts on blockchain (or other forms of DLT).

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