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South Korea to Test Blockchain for E-Voting System

Things are moving pretty fast with the blockchain scene, its like one day the world is only exploring all the possibilities that come with the technology and the next day, it has already been applied in some part of the world.

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It is growing rapidly to say in the least, because the entire idea of practicing the right to vote on blockchain was a mere guess, a prediction. But now South Korea is actually keen on applying blockchain in the government sector.

According to reports, South Korea is actually planning to develop a voting system based on blockchain. While one might think it’s merely a plan and nothing might actually follow through, they are starting trails as early as next month in the private sector, so this is the real deal. And they will be conducted by the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) in alliance with Seoul National University’s Blockchain Society.

The blockchain technology will be implemented and further tested upon the online voting system. The tests, according to the plan, will be jointly performed by three key organizations; the Ministry of Science, ICT and the National Election Commission (NEC). The purpose of implementing the blockchain tech particularly on the online voting system, is voter authentication and result saving. According to the report,

Voting will be conducted via mobile and personal computers. Data will be saved on a distributed network and all voters will be able to view voting results as they progress.

 After the trial period, the NEC will make the final decision of using this technology for online voting. All the while noting that there will be some upgrades to the final voting system, like the addition of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and Internet of Things (IoT) tech.

Blockchain-based Online Voting in other Countries

The United States isn’t far behind from South Korea when it comes to blockchain tech. Because a similar mobile voting system, based on blockchain had been scheduled to be used in West Virginia’s midterm elections.

Following the early elections in November, the Secretary of State pointed out that the military personnel, who were deployed abroad had successfully practiced their right to vote. He noted that about 144 individuals stationed overseas from 24 countries were able to cast their votes, owing to the blockchain platform called Voatz.

This year only, several other countries around the world have given consideration to blockchain-based voting systems, like Ukraine, Catalonia, and the Japanese city of Tsukuba. Even the Swiss city of Zug, which is considered as the ‘Crypto Valley’, conducted a blockchain-powered trial municipal vote, back in June.

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Abeer Anwaar

Abeer holds a Bachelors degree in Media studies and covers blockchain startups for BlockPublisher. An optimist, excels in the art of the written word and swears by the joy of all things sweet. Email: abeer@blockpublisher.com or contact the editor at editor.startups@blockpublisher.com

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