Blockchain-based Voting in Zug
Blockchain tech has found applications in several industries across the globe; from transportation and logistics, to healthcare, telecommunication, gaming and entertainment, and even governance. It is interesting to see how this nascent tech has continued to gain traction and adoption.
Zug, which has been dubbed the “Crypto Valley”, is a city in Switzerland that just tested and confirmed the potential of blockchain in electioneering processes. The city has successfully completely its first test of a blockchain-based voting system.
As part of the city’s effort to embrace blockchain tech, Zug launched an e-voting pilot platform built on blockchain. Voting happened between June 25 and July 1, and both residents’ IDS and polling information were stored on the system.
The city’s Head of Communications, Dieter Muller, was excited, stating that “the premiere was a success.” He went further to note that the technical details of the e-voting process will be analyzed over the coming months.
Blockchain has been praised for its decentralized and immutable nature. An official press release from the city’s government on the 25th of June, pointed to the fact that the city is trying to making its voting processes “safer and less susceptible to unnoticed manipulation.”
The e-voting platform was developed by software company, Luxoft, in partnership with the city and the department of computer science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.
Vasily Suvorov, who is the CTO at Luxoft, said:
“There are concerns about electronic voting because voting is a fundamental mechanism for direct voting…. That’s why we believe that this technology should not belong to a single company. We will build the e-voting platform ‘Open Source’ so that people can understand what the technology is and how it works. We want to encourage more people to develop blockchain-based applications for governments worldwide.”