Russia uses blockchain to vote on new bills

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2021-05-01 00:35:10

A voting system built on blockchain will be used to decide controversial changes to the Russian Constitution.

Russia uses blockchain to vote on new bills

According to the notice of the Russian governmentResidents of Moscow will be able to vote in favor or against upcoming amendments to the National Constitution using a system built on blockchain.

The Moscow government claims that distributed ledger technology will ensure confidentiality and transparency of the voting process thanks to the technology’s decentralization.

Such a network does not have a single server: to change information in the system, consent is required from most of the network participants, so the blockchain is almost impossible to hack, the announcement states clear.

According to the Moscow city government, every vote is anonymized and encrypted. There will be two encryption keys, one that is personalized and held by the voters while the second will be divided into sections and stored by the network participants.

This online voting will be conducted June 25-30 on a special website created specifically for this purpose. Users will need to log in with any of their public service accounts and conduct an e-voting.

An electronic ballot will be the same value as an ordinary paper ballot. If the participant votes to approve an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, they need to tick before the column titled ‘Yes.’ If they object to the modifications, they need to choose an option titled ‘No,’ explains the document.

In addition to Moscow, online voting will take place in the Nizhny Novgorod region, according to the Russian Central Election Commission.

The amendments to the Russian Constitution were first announced by President Vladimir Putin back in January and became one of the most controversial topics in the country since that time.

According to Decrypt

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