The Japanese city tests blockchain technology to protect online voting data


A Japanese municipal government has become one of the first in the country to have tested a blockchain-based system to allow residents to cast votes to select city development programs.

The Tsukuba government, a city known for its role in scientific development since the 1960s, completed the blockchain test on August 28 with 119 votes collected, according to a Japan Times report on Sunday.

The technology was used to select social contributions projects from a pool of proposals focusing on technology applications such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, based on the government website.

The report states that the system integrates a machine for verifying identity with a decentralized network. After putting an identity card on the machine for verification, voters continued to select their favorite programs. The system also encrypted and stored the data of its votes through the tamper-proof distributed network.

"I thought it would involve more complicated procedures, but I found it to be minimal and easy," said Tsukuba Mayor Tatsuo Igarashi after he also cast a vote through the system.

A report by Jiji The Saturday news agency said that if the application will prove successful after a further review, the local government plans to extend the service to residents living in areas mountainous, remote islands and foreign countries.

The test is the last case in which governments turn to the distributed ledger technology for casting and banning cards.

As previously reported by CoinDesk, even the US state of West Virginia is preparing to adopt a blockchain-based throughout the state to help voters absent from the overseas army to vote at a distance in the elections of November.

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