Ethereum [ETH] for voting, safe or not? Buterin’s perspective

Ethereum’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin has advised Swiss City government to test blockchain petitions before digital voting. The Swiss city of Zug, which is known to be proactive in its support to the blockchain industry, recently announced that it would be launching a voting pilot which will base on both polling system and residents’ IDs on blockchain technology.

Vitalik Buterin's Tweet | Source: Twitter

Vitalik Buterin’s Tweet | Source: Twitter

Voting in any country is the most controversial process and using the blockchain idea for the same is provocative. With his tweet, Buterin suggests that authorities should use blockchain, but as a first step they should start with petitions. He points out that its a safer use case as he says:

“petitions are non-binding so security risks are much smaller,take advantage of blockchains for verifiability and ZKPs for privacy.”

How Does Voting app build on Ethereum work?

uPort is an open identity program built on the Ethereum Blockchain. According to their website:

“returns ownership of identity to the individual.”

Users can register their identity on Ethereum, send and inquire credentials, sign transactions, and securely manage keys and data. All this is allowed by the open identity scheme of the app. This Ethereum-run app aims to build a shared identity web of trust.

This app allows an individual to request access to the set of credentials that a user has collected from the network. Users can always choose what to share.

uPort also consists of identity and messaging protocols that together form an interoperable identity layer for the decentralized web. Their modular open-source components, developer tools, and mobile clients help an individual to connect with their users. They mention on their webpage:

“We help make it simple to build on Ethereum.”

The e-voting pilot, which is scheduled to take place between June 25th and July 1st, 2018, has been developed as part of the city’s attempts to embrace more blockchain applications and will tie in with a digital identity trial currently underway, the city government said in an announcement on Friday.

MⒶrtin HⒶboⓋštiak, a programmer, and a Twitter user commented:

“Governments looking for improvement of lives of their subjects can do something much more simple than creating a blockchain: stop existing. That’d be a huge improvement”

Shrimp Shares ICO reviews, a community on Twitter commented:

“Great point. Would require a lot of work to onboard ID verification services onto blockchains to prevent manipulation though. Would governments to willing to openly invest in this?”

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