December 5, 2023

Kaspersky Lab has developed a system for voting on the blockchain

Kaspersky Lab has released a prototype of a voting mechanism on the Polys both remotely and at a polling station.

According to Verdict, Polys is a project of the Kaspersky Innovation Hub.Its goal is to develop a secure online voting platform that could be used by businesses, universities, and political parties.

The project integrates an online election system withdistributed ledger technology, creating a proven connection between the voice and the voter. Online voting, according to Kaspersky Lab, has several advantages: voters can participate in elections remotely, but there is also a risk of alienation of voters who do not have access to computers and smartphones. Polys gives people the opportunity to vote at a polling station or with the help of their device, where the security of voting is ensured by the blockchain.

The process is carried out among verifiedvoters who are given a unique QR code or token, which is then scanned. This allows them to vote on the Polys Voting Machine, then the voices are automatically encrypted and counted. After that, voters can verify that their vote was saved on the blockchain on condition of anonymity using a web application.

Voting machines may also be associated withPolys online voting platform. This means that voters can vote using their smartphone, but voting is ruled out twice. This can not only increase the security of elections, but also reduce staff costs and resources. According to Verdict, previously Kaspersky Lab tested the voting on the blockchain in Volgograd. Then 82,000 people took part in the elections.

“From conversations with our clients, we understandproblems and inconveniences they face in organizing paper voting. Electronic voting could solve some of these problems by providing more opportunities for remote participation and even increasing turnout among young people,” — said Roman Aleshkin, director of development of the Polys project. “However, if physical polling stations were completely closed, this would prevent certain groups of people from participating in elections. That's why we created voting machines. Together with the online platform, they allow citizens to vote in a convenient and transparent way.”

Use of blockchain in voting occursmore often. Recently it became known that India will develop a blockchain system for voting in elections. At the beginning of the year, a voting system on the blockchain was tested in Singapore, and in October, students from India developed a blockchain voting platform. In addition, last year in the US, the Voatz voting app was used during elections in Utah, West Virginia and Oregon, as well as in Denver.