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Block chains: The perfect (partial)solution for elections

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The Brazilian Association of Fintech (ABFintechs), a group of Brazilian Fintechs, announced to vote in your Board election by the Blockchain. Block chains are a useful technology for elections, but not a panacea. An Overview.

Blockchain-elections are not a novelty. So has West Virginia back in may via Blockchain chosen. Also reported recently, Dieter Müller, head of communications of the city of Zug, crypto Valley, the local block chain-based test of choice “managed”. And how BTC-ECHO reported, explores South-just the use of Blockchain-elections.

The use of block chains in the case of elections makes sense. For example, you can increase the transparency or facilitate forgery. However, they are not a panacea. One of the bottle necks, the Internet is ironically.

Insecure data transmission and the identification of attack potential

Blockchain-elections-elections are most of the time; voters can vote online, the votes are transmitted in digital form and on a Blockchain stored. Even if the Blockchain is secure, the data transfer, it is not. Thus, attackers can hack the Transmission and the votes manipulated. According to experts (e.g., Matthew Blaze, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, among others, cryptography, and electronic voting systems), data transmission is actually one of the biggest problems with Internet voting. The victims of such unsafe data transfer was by the way MyEtherWallet. Like BTC-ECHO reported that hackers have to the visitors of MyEtherWallet to a Phishing website to be redirected and Token stolen.

A further non-block chain specific challenge of identification. So it is important to ensure that the voter is really the voter, she pretends to be. Blockchain IDs are a possible solution.

Private vs. public block chains

A block chain-specific Problem, however, is the choice between public and private Blockchains. A private Blockchain complicates transparency, because only a selected circle can see the votes. A public Blockchain makes it difficult, however, anonymity. Here is the host of the relevant election must make a decision and a focus.


Based on these disadvantages, one could conclude that with Blockchain-elections, the wrong problems are solved. To guarantee rather than, for example, security against forgery, it would make more sense to improve the data transmission. This conclusion would be only partly correct. Rather, the conclusion should be that elections need a holistic System, in which (the right) Blockchain is a part of the solution. In addition, you need, among other things, a secure data transmission and ID systems.

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