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South Korean Government to Test Blockchain Use for E-Voting System

The South Korean government is considering using blockchain technology for electronic voting system, business technology news website ZDNet reports Nov. 28.

The Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Election Commission (NEC) plan to jointly test the implementation of blockchain technology within the online voting system. The trial has been scheduled for next month, and will be conducted by the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) together with the Seoul National University's Blockchain Society.

The article notes that blockchain tech will be implemented in "voter authentication and result saving," specifying:

"Voting will be conducted via mobile and personal computers. Will be available on a distributed network.

Following the trial, the NEC will make a decision on the use of the system for online voting, noting the artificial intelligence (AI), the big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

A similar blockchain-based mobile voting system had been scheduled to be used in the U.S. West Virginia's midterm elections, Cointelegraph reported Sep. 27. Following the early November elections, the state's Secretary noted that they were able to successfully cast their ballots on a mobile, blockchain-based platform called Voatz.

In May, Cointelegraph released an analysis of the potential use of blockchain technology for elections.

This year, several countries have announced the consideration of blockchain-based systems for voting, such as Ukraine, Catalonia, and the Japanese city of Tsukuba. Back in June, the Swiss city of Zug, commonly known as 'Crypto Valley,' conducted a blockchain-powered trial municipal vote, as Cointelegraph wrote Jun. 9.

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