South Korea Eyes More Reliable E-Voting With December Blockchain Trial


0

South Korea is set to test a blockchain system next month in an effort to improve the reliability and security of online voting.

The National Election Commission (NEC) announced the news Wednesday, saying it will begin the pilot in December with development assistance from the Ministry of Science and ICT.

The NEC’s existing online voting system, K-voting, has reportedly has been used by 5.64 million people, but there are concerns over its vulnerability to hacking and voter fraud.

The proposed blockchain system is expected to increase security and transparency, the NEC said, adding that the outcome of votes would be more “credible” with blockchain, as it is “almost impossible” to manipulate results, while candidates and election observers would have direct access to voting data.

The pilot will help the commission create a “foundation” for future online voting systems, it said, and could ultimately be integrated with K-voting if the trial is successful.

Specifically, the trial will see the blockchain system being used for online surveys by Seoul National University’s Blockchain Society and the Korea Internet & Security Agency, a subsidiary of the science ministry.

The NEC is also looking to explore Big Data and internet of things technology for its voting system going forward.

Harnessing blockchain’s transparency and immutability for voting systems has been a growing use case for the tech for some time.

Among various projects launched in recent months, Japan’s Tsukuba city government tested a blockchain-based system that lets residents cast votes to decide on local development programs in September.

The U.S. state of West Virginia rolled out a blockchain-based mobile voting app in August, allowing military personnel stationed abroad to more easily cast ballots in the midterm elections.

Voting box image via Shutterstock 


Like it? Share with your friends!

0

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
0
hate
confused confused
0
confused
fail fail
0
fail
fun fun
0
fun
geeky geeky
0
geeky
love love
0
love
lol lol
0
lol
omg omg
0
omg
win win
0
win
coindesk

Choose A Format
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format