Swiss city declares blockchain-based voting trial a success

4 July, 2018

The Swiss city of Zug has completed a successful first trial of its blockchain-based municipal voting system, according to a news report from SwissInfo.ch on Monday.

We previously covered this story when news came out that Zug was about to launch its blockchain e-voting pilot platform. The experiment went live for voting between June 25 and July 1, with polling information and residents’ IDs stored on the system to accomplish the task. The results are not binding, however, since the consultative vote was intended only as a test of the pilot platform.

A successful trial

Dieter Müller, Zug’s head of communications, announced that “the premiere was a success.” Over the coming months, he added, the city would evaluate the “technical details” of the voting process for security and privacy concerns.

The local region, known as “Crypto Valley,” has embraced cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and the use of the technology in various endeavors. In this case, the goal of building the blockchain-based voting platform was to make the voting process “safer and less susceptible to unnoticed manipulation.”

Developed by Zug-based software company Luxoft, the e-voting system was created in partnership with the city government as well as the department of computer science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. One of the concerns of the project was how to make it open and accessible to everyone, rather than owned by a single company or government.

Boosting blockchain development

Before the launch in June, Luxoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Vasily Suvorov, said of the project, “We will build the e-voting platform ‘Open Source’ so that people can understand what the technology is and how it works. We want to encourage more people to develop blockchain-based applications for governments worldwide.”

That sentiment is shared by Marie Wieck, IBM’s head of blockchain initiatives—and we agree: governments around the world would do well to take advantage of the benefits that blockchain can provide. The success demonstrated so far by the initial trial of Zug’s blockchain-based e-voting pilot platform is a step in the right direction.

 

 

 

Image credit: City of Zug pilatus by LohriPR via Wikimedia Commons.



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