After failed attempts, the Russian officials revealed that this September elections, its citizen will be casting their votes by a blockchain-based e-voting system. If such an endeavor becomes successful, Russia will be the first major nation to use a developed platform powered by blockchain technology for voting.
The partnership between the communications giant Rostelecom and Waves Enterprise produced this new system. Coindesk reported that there will be two voting pilots that will be deployed in different regions of this elections: the one run by state-owned telecom provider Rostelecom and the other by the Department of Information Technologies. Waves chief product officer told Cointelegraph that the system they developed employs zero-knowledge proofs and many other advanced cryptographic primitives.
The team shared that the platform will be using five main encryption keys, which later on consolidated into a single master key responsible for encrypting blockchain transactions. They explained that to decrypt voting results, one would need to have these five corresponding private keys, which will come from independent observers not affiliated to Waves. Waves CEO Sasha Ivanov told Coindesk that all information from the voting chain, for transparency, will be published on a special portal that is available to the public and ensures data are free from any tampering activities. He added that “voting has always been one of the most low-hanging fruit for blockchain technology implementation. We need to participate in launching one of the first large scale projects implementing blockchain beyond monetary applications.”
https://t.co/Lsmg2PL3UH Here we go! Federal voting in Russia will be on #Waves.— Sasha Ivanov (@sasha35625) August 19, 2020
This is the biggest breakthrough for our enterprise efforts to date, and one of the biggest breakthroughs for mass adoption world wide!
In 2019, Russia’s first blockchain e-voting experiment happened in a local election in Moscow. It drew many setbacks and criticisms because the government, at that time, used a different blockchain provider of digital services and solutions, which turned out to have weak security.