Blockchain voting

Blockchains are a remarkably transparent and decentralised way of recording lists of transactions. Their best-known use is for digital currencies such as Bitcoin, which announced blockchain technology to the world with a headline-grabbing 1000% increase in value in the course of a single month in 2013.

Despite the digitalisation of several important aspects of modern life, elections are still conducted largely offline, on paper. Since the turn of the century, e-voting has been considered a promising and, perhaps, inevitable development that could speed up, simplify and reduce the cost of elections. It has been seen as a potential means of increasing engagement and turnout, and even restoring links between citizens and political institutions. Using blockchain technology for e-voting could increase transparency while allowing more fluid and decentralised decision-making. It could even introduce new functionality such as ‘self-implementing manifestos’. Certainly, this could be useful for decision-making in many organisations, but could it work on a larger scale, for example, in the European elections?

Listen to Philip Boucher, an EPRS policy analyst, explaining the issues in 3 key questions on blockchain voting.

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30 gedachten over “Blockchain voting”

  1. Not in smaller organizations. Don't be afraid of little democracy.

  2. I'm genuinely curious as to how this relates to Tom Scott's video?..

  3. Lies and TRASH. It’s computer based which means it’s based on LIES.

  4. Who else is here because Charlie Ward talked about it on his show with Charlie freak?

  5. The EU will not exist in 2024…90% of its members will be tried for Treason and/or Pedophila.

  6. If the create the blockchain technology with a user interface that mimics the private voting booths with the curtains, then this solves the problem keeping it decentralized while also keeping the feel of privacy.

  7. The cons that this guy mentions are misleading and easily overcome.

  8. Bullshit! Those who control the technology can perpetuate the fraud.

  9. Who else is here looking for clues after the 2020 election?

  10. Hahahaha. This is sooo funny!!! Now I understand one specific yt video from Sweden which said that their Prime Minister was all white in his face when giving a speech, saying that now he knows what to do. The background story is that the last election in Sweden was stolen/manipulated so the socialists would win! The current PM is that socialist who won! He will never ever win again if there is a system which prevents voter fraud! Hahahaha. This was the best video ever! Thank you! The PM now "knows" what to do! After the next election he will have to go back to being a welder. No, this is not a joke. The PM of Sweden is a welder. And yes, they do have college educated ppl in that country. This information is precious! No more stolen elections! Wow!!!

  11. to sum up the video : blockchain is a great tool to avoid elections fraud so it will never be implemented in our society. Good job…

  12. If only the united states wasn't becoming a 3rd world country now. If only we thought of term limits decades ago.

  13. The voter must be identified, but the decision for whom he voted should be anonymous.

  14. Most people have computers and mobile phones but some don't., so what? The government can provide public polling places in cities with computers for them. Imagine that some people 1870 said that they did not need electricity becouse they do not have electric devices?

  15. Hahaha fraudelent mail voting….
    Blochain is to transparant

  16. That last answer was bullshit. Block chain is layman's terms is trusting a computer to not cheat rather than a slim bag representative. Toshiba voting systems are intentionally rigged to allow votes go be overwritten this was demonstrated and proven as an affective vote rigging mechanism in 2020 elections when 80% of USA voted Trumo and Biden was elected still.

  17. I was wondering if we could divide my 1 vote into infinite fractions and maybe say cast 0.7 of my vote on one candidate, 0.3 of my vote on another?

  18. You can still have physical voting locations to ensure voting privacy, and use a blockchain based voting registration and counting system. The fact that it would be "physically centralized" isn't really contradicting what decentralization is aiming to fix in this situation.

  19. How he uses the "Voter buying & coercion" as a position in comparing voting systems…… this is analysing coercion..not the efficacy of either voting system..
    Vote buying & coercion would be possible in either system. Daft.

  20. Don´t agree with question number 3.
    It is easy to have booth for everyone, who has not device to vote. It is still decentralized, even if older person, for example go to bank or government building to to vote. Blockchain, should therefore be put on…

  21. The reason there is no evidence for digital voting increasing turnout is because it has not being done. Do it then assess.

  22. Great video. With regards to the issue of buying votes or using coercion to control how people vote, I think those same issues exist in the current system. Moving to blockchain shouldn't be sold as a way to stop all forms of corruption or fraud in our voting system, but rather a way to assure the validity and accuracy of the counted votes when compared to the existing ones we are using. Also, the reason not much data is around to support the idea that people would vote more often with blockchain or e-voting is because such options are not being implemented so there is no data to collect!

    The idea behind buying votes also opens up a can of worms and leads down the rabbit hole of what the difference is between legitimately earning someone's vote, and buying it. Often times, bribes are not done through obvious transactions like a briefcase of money being exchanged, but rather through promises of enactment of laws to benefit voters, providing funding/grants, and so on in order to earn endorsements of large groups such as unions. If someday we live in a future where we can delegate our voting power to other groups as we see today in some crypto platforms, this could lead to outside forms of centralized power that circumvent the decentralized system where such groups could collaborate together to combine all voting power to essentially decide an entire election, and give them the power to rewrite the contracts elections are run on in their favor…. Also, who would be the ones to write and maintain this 'decentralized' election system? Ultimately, every decentralized system we see in the crypto space is still centralized around the development team in terms of priorities on tasks being worked on and the future direction the platform is headed. Combine this with politics and I see a world where development is in a constant tug-of-war between competing interests and developments are made based on nefarious, selfish reasons rather than the utilitarian ideals that led to this decentralized blockchain system's adoption.

    It's for this reason, I would never support the idea of giving people the ability to delegate their votes to someone else. What's the point of having a vote if you're not going to use it and just hand that power over? In a space like crypto, this is OK because there is true equality and equal stake being executed i.e. everyone wants a token's price to go up, and everyone wants to avoid the token price going down, but elections and world governments are obviously much more complicated and the high variance of interests are therefore difficult to capture

    This leads to other questions such as if voting itself should be a god-given right to every citizen regardless of their education, mental capacity, or understanding of what it is they're voting for, or if it should be a privilege that is earned by showing a basic understanding of civic duty, rules, and government (Similar to how people earn the privilege to get a license to drive after showing understanding of how to operate a vehicle, rules of the road, and laws regarding safety, and do not have a right to drive, and can violate the law in such a way where the privilege is revoked… Perhaps in the case of voting that would be through crimes such as mail or election fraud).

  23. I wonder if one day we will have a "Blockchain" Government? Why not vote on Policy like this also.

  24. Maybe we'll build a world without premier minister and president only ministries that will execute the will of the people starting from small communes that include your district or block.

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  26. The argument that some may not have devices is of little importance, 96% of the UK population own a mobile phone. Also, the current system could still run alongside a blockchain system. This would still allow the smaller (assuming older) group to vote by conventional means. Separate exit polling of this smaller group could then highlight any irregularities against the accuracy of blockchain voting. Blockchain voting can only be good, especially as we have such a corrupt Conservative party in power right now on a dreadful FPTP system.

  27. Can you imagine how many more people would vote if you could do it from an app on your phone?

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