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The blockchain vote could soon become a reality in South Korea if experimentation on a system based on distributed register technology will prove to be effective.
According to The Korea Times, the development of the blockchain voting system will be completed in December. The system devised by the South Korean National Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Science and ICT aims to improve the security and reliability of online voting services.
"We expect the voting system based on blockchain to increase the reliability of the vote.The ministry will continue to support the application of blockchain technology to actively use it in areas that require reliability," said Kim Jeong-won, an official of the Ministry of Science and ICT.
In addition to preventing the falsification of votes, it is expected that the system based on blockchain allows candidates and observers to access the data. For the Ministry of Science and ICT, the system will be applied at all stages of online voting. Depending on how the trial takes place, the ministry and the electoral body will integrate it with the South Korea online voting system known as K-Voting.
Participation of the community in the allocation of resources
It is not the first time that blockchain-based voting in South Korea is being tested. In March of last year, the country's Gyeonggi-do province used a blockchain-based voting system to decide which community projects to prioritize the budget.
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The initiative was, however, small-scale as only about 9,000 residents participated. This did not stop provincial officials from predicting the revolutionary blockchain technology they will have on the world.
"Blockchains will change the world in just a few years just like smart-phones, we can integrate the limits of representative democracy with some direct democracy systems using blockchains, the technology of the fourth industrial revolution," said Nam Kyung-pil, official of the Gyeonggi-do provincial government, reported by CCN at the time.
Other places where blockchain-based voting has been tested on a small scale include the state of West Virginia in the United States After announcing in April that it would offer the blockchain-based vote to Western Virginians stationed as foreign personnel military during the elections of Midterm, the state successfully obtained in recent surveys with nearly 150 foreign-based voters using the system.
Despite the enthusiasm shown for blockchain-based voting, there have been reservations in some circles. Some of the concerns include the fact that there is a possibility that their voting choices will be de-anonymized in the future and then become available to the public.
Furthermore, it was suggested that blockchain-based voting would increase the likelihood of buying votes as it would be possible to check whether a voter who was corrupted voted on the basis of the "agreement". With the voting booths, it is unlikely because only the voter knows the choices he has made.
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