Kaspersky launches blockchain-powered election platform

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has launched a prototype for its Polys voting machine, a device that it says will allow people to vote on an online blockchain-based voting platform.

The development could pave the way for the use of the platform in public and private organizations. However, controversy over the security of blockchain elections and their political implications could hamper the global adoption of the technology.

The software developer claims that the project is “the first of its kind that incorporates blockchain technologies and works alongside the Polys online voting system,” reports the Verdict website.

Roman Aleshkin, Polys Product Manager, said

“When we speak to our customers, we understand the problems and inconveniences they face when organizing paper polls. As we can see on our Polys platform, electronic voting can solve some of these problems by providing more opportunities for remote participation and even higher turnout for younger people. “

 

However, it seems that the system is still using voting booths – with voting machines that do without paper-based voting systems.

However, it seems that the system is still using voting booths – with voting machines that do without paper-based voting systems.

Aleshkin added that if the physical polling stations were completely closed, “certain groups of people would be excluded from voting”.

Possible weaknesses of blockchain-based election applications have long been the subject of criticism. A team of MIT researchers recently published a study on the security of Voatz, a blockchain-based voting platform that was used in the 2018 mid-term election in West Virginia.