The Blockchain Federal Argentina, a blockchain in which various organizations, institutions and companies in the country participate, has been inactive for several weeks. In view of this, users on the networks are questioning its maintenance and usefulness.
As can be seen in the scanner network, the last mined block was number 19353540, “a month ago” and by the sealer Última Milla SA, a technology solutions company from the province of Mendoza. More precisely, the date indicated is Monday, October 25 at 11:37 p.m.
The inactivity of this blockchain came to light thanks to a publication by Julián Dragonsch, a Twitter user who reviewed the status of the BFA to refute -precisely- the claim of a Chilean influencer who suggested adopting this technology for greater efficiency in the State.
The tweeter himself then responded to several replies from his followers. In that exchange, he assured that the BFA is a “dead narrative when talking about Blockchain being more important than Bitcoin” and that the project “died before it started”.
One step further, other users like Bitcoin legal consultant Camilo Jorajuría de León questioned in that thread what the functions of the Argentine Federal Blockchain were when it was still operating on a regular basis.
Important entities joined the Argentine Federal Blockchain
Among the validators of the network, which is mined through Proof of Stake or proof of participation, there are recognized public and private institutions in Argentina. Examples are the Superintendence of Labor Risks, the banking network Red Link, the National Road Safety Agency, the Naval Prefecture and several universities.
Even, as CryptoNews reported in 2020, the country’s own Chamber of Deputies had subscribed to the Argentine Federal Blockchain. This happened in the midst of the quarantine by Covid-19, which forced lawmakers to seek new digital alternatives to give greater transparency to the votes. Having a license on this platform was the chosen option.
Beyond adding the participation of several other important institutions in the country, this blockchain has not been without problems throughout its history. In 2020, the publication of an Official Gazette later labeled as fake by the national government earned the BFA’s security a lot of criticism.
However, the document was digitally signed, so it could also have been a mistake on the part of the BFA.e who uploaded the document on the blockchain and not a failure of the network itself.
The Blockchain Federal Argentina was born in July 2018, as an initiative of three organizations: the Argentine Chamber of Internet (Cabase), Nic Argentina and the Association of University Interconnection Networks (ARIU). On its official site, it is presented as a “transparent, reliable, intermediary-free and cost-free” way to register processes such as tenders, food traceability, academic degrees and insurance policies. It has also been used to store official state documents, as mentioned above.