The Government of Russia has announced its intention to conduct a pilot test on the effectiveness of Blockchain technology to improve local voting systems in the country. The government added that the technology would make its Active Citizen program more transparent.
In its public statement issued on December 4, 2017, the government said it had already developed a pilot voting monitoring system during elections across the Blockchain.
Part of the statement reads:
"The introduction of this technology will make the vote in the [Active Citizen initiative] even more open: it will be difficult to to say that the administration is incorrect interprets the answers, modifies the results of the vote when the citizens themselves can verify this information. "
Moreover, the government also made the code of the open-source pilot program, by publishing the the GitHub web-based control repository hosting service.
The Government's Previous Efforts on Blockchain Technology
In 2016, the Russian authorities announced that they were evaluating the possible use of a technology to reduce or eliminate the risk of fraud when voting on city management issues.
They claimed that the potential project would be part of the government's "Active Citizen" e-Government program. The initiative covers several areas in which Blockchain is being explored, including the government's new land registry system.
The private sector has shown interest for Blockchain
Despite the uncertainties about its success and its implementation In reality, the announced pilot program has prompted the government. private sector interest. Among the parties is the central securities depository of the country, which has already tested a Blockchain-based proxy voting system in 2016.
Under the system, shareholders may vote proxies on the decisions of # 39; company.