South Korea, one of the countries with most people invested in cryptocurrencies, announced today that they will launch a blockchain based voting system. The private sector will be the first to test the system exhaustively. This same system could be used in the future for public election if the trials are successful.
South Korea Using Blockchain For Voting
South Korea announced today the intention of building a blockchain based voting system. This system will supposedly be ready for this December. First, they will test the system in a private election. Then they will evaluate its performance. Its adoption depends on the results of this test.
The Ministry of Science and the National Election Commission will develop this system conjunctly. This system will permit voters to vote from anywhere in the world. People will vote via computer or mobile phone. The system will use blockchain for identity purposes and also for saving the election results. In that way, people can follow results live, seeing the trends through the blockchain system.
The platform will be used to perform surveys for the Seoul National University’s Blockchain Society and Korea Internet & Security Agency. The National Election Commission will review the performance of the system. They decide if the system is ready for its use in public elections. But this whole issue is not new to them: they have an online voting system called K-voting. nut since it is not protected by cryptography, its use remains limited.
This system will keep evolving to add other technologies, such as AI and also big data and IoT for the future of the platform.
South Korea is not the first country that seeks to use blockchain for voting. West Virginia has also been making tests with a blockchain based remote voting system called Voatz. This system lets military personnel abroad to keep voting on local ballots. However, there does not seem to be a consensus about blockchain voting.
There seems to be a separation between those that think that blockchain is a useful tool for voting, and the ones that think blockchain is not safe or good enough to be used in these important activities. An article wrote in the known site Ars Technica states some worrying opinions. According to them, blockchain voting would destroy public trust in elections. However, another article by the New York Times states that now is the time to use blockchain in online ballots.