Will Blockchain Make Internet Voting Uncomplicated and Safer?

Will Blockchain Make Internet Voting Uncomplicated and Safer?

Researchers for the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts stated that using blockchain for voting will not improve the fundamental problems of internet voting

Researchers from the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts argue that hacks can happen through the voter’s own computer or smartphone, Businesses Insider UK reports. Even though the blockchain is secure and immutable, malware can easily infect a user device to change the original vote, thus compromising election integrity.

Vote Buying and the Issue of Privacy

While rare in large-scale national US elections, the researchers contend that blockchain technology could exacerbate vote buying. Without the use of voting booths, privacy can be infringed as vote buyers can use software to check a voter’s device.

A False Sense of Security

The article ends with a warning that voting on the blockchain may bring in a false sense of security and new risks that jeopardize democracy.

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