The Swiss city of Zug, known for its proactive help of the blockchain sector, is launching a voting pilot that will base both polling program and residents’ IDs on blockchain technology.
The e-voting pilot, which will take location in between June 25 and July 1, has been developed as part of the city’s efforts to adopt a lot more blockchain applications and will tie in with a digital identity trial presently underway, the city government stated in an announcement on Friday.
In July 2017, the city announced plans to launch an ethereum-based application known as “uPort” to digitize local residents’ ID data. The pilot phase got began in November and now has over 200 residents signed up for the new service, according to the announcement.
By employing their digital ID, local residents will be capable to cast votes in the 1-off blockchain polling pilot, although the city government indicated that the vote is a “consultative test” and the final results will not be binding.
The main objective of the trial, it added, is to the review the safety aspects of the polling system, examining no matter whether the platform is capable to obtain “immutability, testability and traceability” while sustaining voters’ privacy.
The use case for blockchain in voting systems &ndash with its prospective to eliminate election fraud and offer immutable records &ndash is one that has observed notable interest both from authorities at different levels of government, as effectively as inside finance.
Nasdaq announced in November it was developing an electronic shareholder voting program primarily based on blockchain for the South African capital markets, even though Santander employed the tech for shareholder voting at its annul AGM in May &ndash possibly a globe first.
Over in Russia, Moscow’s municipal government announced in March that it was extending its use of a blockchain-primarily based voting platform to the city block level. The Digital Residence service makes it possible for neighbors in high rises to electronically vote and communicate on problems to do with building upkeep and management.
And, in the very same month, the U.S. state of West Virginia launched a voting pilot project for absentee voters in the military by making use of a mobile application powered by blockchain technology, even though Sierra Leone also notably piloted the tech in a presidential election.
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Published at Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:15 +0000