Kaspersky Launches Blockchain Voting Platform
Kaspersky Innovation Hub has unveiled blockchain-based Polys Voting Machine for guaranteeing the security of the online voting that can be used by businesses, universities and political parties, reads company blog from February 27:
“The device is the first of its kind to incorporate blockchain technologies and work alongside the Polys online election system, so all votes – whether cast at polling stations or on personal devices – are transmitted and processed together in a secure way”
Online voting is beneficial both for organisers and voters, but “if physical polling stations were to be closed completely, it would deprive and alienate certain groups of people”, therefore the company has been working on solution to complement the traditional voting, explained the head of product at Polys Roman Aleshkin:
“That is why we introduced our new voting machines. Working together with the online platform, they allow citizens to vote using the method they prefer, in a convenient and transparent way”
On the one hand, online voting requites identification for fair results, on the other hand, personal data can not be revealed during the secret ballot, and that is the issue, where distributed ledger technology steps in, minimising “chances of vote tampering” at the same way, reads the press release.
Polys Voting Machine allows voters to receive unique QR-code and tokens to vote, after the system reads the identity documents. QR code also allows the voter to check, if the vote has been eventually registered, while “their name and choice will not be stored in the blockchain, to prevent tracing it to a specific individual”:
“As a result, tech-savvy users can vote securely from their smartphone or device using the online version, while those who prefer to visit the polling station can cast their votes on a Polys Voting Machine – with all votes automatically encrypted and counted”
Secure voting mechanisms has been long a dream for government officials, but many applications, like Iowa Caucuses have received criticism, after new transparency rules were rolled out. This is the market where Kaspersky hopes to step in.
The market is flourishing for all sorts of blockchain-based governance solutions. As Future Time previously reported, in February Tim Draper has bought $1 million worth of ANT tokens of the decentralized Aragon Court that claims to disrupt traditional court system.