Thailand set to use blockchain in their voting system

04 Jan, 2019
by Arthur Sillers
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Thailand set to use blockchain in their voting system

According to the Bangkok Post, Thailand has announced that it will integrate blockchain technology into its democratic institutions with a 'hybrid model.'

The project is being taken on by a subset of the Thai ministry of Science and Technology called National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), and is set to begin its trial phases soon. Head of the NECTEC cybersecurity lab was quoted as saying that blockchain is being looked at to 'reduce fraud and mantain data integrity' in developing e-voting systems.
The introduction of blockchain will also mean that voters won't necessarilly have to travel in order to vote, they will merely need an internet connection. On the one hand this will be of benefit to rural Thai citizens, though reportedly digital literacy will need to be built up in the country and affordable internet connections will need to proliferate until the blockchain-voting technology is rolled out in full.

This is not the first country to suggest implementing blockchain voting, though Thailand seems committed to releasing it, while South Korea and Wyoming are still undergoing trials. Blockchain has been proposed as a solution to inefficiencies and fraud in voting since it was created, though equal concern has been raised about potential security risks involved in blockchain itself, especially as such a young technology. Either way, Thailand's experience with blockchain voting will shape the way that country's roll out distributed ledgers in their democratic process.
Read more: Will Blockchain and 'liquid democracy' revolutionize the way we vote? 

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