South Korea will test out a new blockchain voting system this month

09 Dec, 2018
by Manon Bridou-Koenig
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South Korea will test out a new blockchain voting system this month

South Korean officials are beliving that a blockchain voting system will increase both security and transparency and will improve people’s trust in digital voting.

The distributed ledger system is based on IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric and is developed by the country’s National Election Commission (NEC) and its Ministry of Science.

This system will be used to notarize voters and save voting results in real time, at first it will be trialed in the private sector by Handysoft Consortium, which provides collaboration systems for smart work environments.

Security and transparency

South Korean officials believe a blockchain voting system will increase both security and transparency and will improve people’s trust in digital voting.
The NEC initially ran an online voting system : “K-voting” back in 2013, but, despite 5.64 million users, trust remained low due to fraud and hacking concerns.

This pilot will help the commission create a “foundation” of trust for future online voting systems and could finally be integrated with K-voting if the trial is a success.

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