Next month, South Korea will test a blockchain system in an attempt to improve the reliability and security of online voting.
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced the news on Wednesday, saying that the pilot will start in December with the development assistance of the Ministry of Science and ICT.
The existing online voting system of the NEC, the K vote, has reported It has been used by 5.6 million people, but there are concerns about its vulnerability to hacking and electoral fraud.
The proposed blockchain system is expected to increase security and transparency, the NEC said, adding that the result of votes would be more "credible" with blockchain, since it is "almost impossible" to manipulate the results, while candidates and observers electors would have direct access to the voting data.
The pilot project will help the commission create a "base" for future online voting systems, he said, and could eventually be integrated with the K vote if the trial is successful.
Specifically, the trial will see the blockchain system used for online surveys by the Blockchain Society of Seoul National University and the Korea Internet & Security Agency, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Science.
The NEC is also trying to explore the Big Data and the internet of things for the future voting system.
Taking advantage of the transparency and the immutability of blockchain for voting systems has been a case of increasing use of the technology for some time.
Among the various projects launched in recent months, the government of the Japanese city of Tsukuba has tested a blockchain-based system that allows residents to vote to decide on local development programs in September.
The United States state of Virginia of the West rolled out a blockchain-based mobile voting app in August, which allows foreign-based military personnel to vote more easily in mid-term elections.
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