The most prominent use of blockchain technology, which records information in the ledgers distributed in many computers, is for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. But there is a growing interest in using the blockchain to record votes as well.
The latest example can be found in the Swiss tax haven of Zug, which, as elsewhere in Switzerland, is eager to establish itself as a chain of blocks. capital. The municipality of Zug not only allows Bitcoin payments for services; a voting test based on blockchain was simply completed successfully.
The trial involves citizens who advance their voices in a vote of consultation-Switzerland has many of those-in an invented issue. The citizens of Zug were able to vote through a smart phone, using the new electronic identification system of the city. The trial took place from June 25 to Monday.
"The premiere was a success," Zug communications chief Dieter Müller told the Swiss News Agency. The number of participants in the test was not particularly high, but those who participated apparently found it easy.
Then comes a technical badysis of how the trial was. This is the great problem of electronic voting: the holy grail is a system that allows auditing preserving the anonymity of the votes of individuals and also preventing someone from manipulating records.
Last year, Nasdaq tested a blockchain based on electronic voting in Estonia, a country that is also very interested in adopting new electronic public services. However, that was in the context of the votes of the shareholders.
Earlier this year, it was widely reported that Sierra Leone had tested blockchain technology during national elections, but the African country government denied doing so.