Russian officials will enable blockchain voting for the next year’s election as they indicated they are happy with the use of Blockchain-powered smartphone and PC voting. They will also expand blockchain-based voting in the parliamentary elections as we are reading more in the upcoming Blockchain news today.
As reported previously, some 1.14 million Russians voted on the blockchain platform in the recent referendum on the constitutional reforms at two testbed locations, Moscow and the city of Nizhniy Novogorod. The platform experienced a lot of issues including a hack attack and a spoiled e-ballot paper. However, a new report from Kommersant, the Central Election Commission says they will use a better version of the same platform in the upcoming legislative elections which will be held in Russia in 2021.
The commission added that the citizens of more than two areas will get the opportunity to use the platform. Kommersant explained that “other regions besides Moscow and Nizhny Novogorod will be able to try blockchain voting” but everything will depend on the technological developments of the places, according to the Russian officials. The media outlets quoted Alexei Lukatsky, a Cisco Security consultant who said that a number of issues will need to be addressed before Russian people get back to blockchain voting.
He said that the architects have to get serious about safety as they don’t have the idea right now what they should build in order to create a safety network to protect against outside and inside attacks. Lukatsky also commented that the referendum network should have been distributed across servers and sites located in different companies or organizations, rather than hosting it at a single data center. Regardless, the commission is ready to ask the parliament to introduce new blockchain laws and considers the project to have been “successful.”
Further issues will be resolved at the “federal level” according to the commission’s secretary. In the meantime, there are further indications that the Russian government is considering blockchain as a part of the bigger digitization plans. The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology are known as Rosstandart joined the IPChain intellectual property blockchain network. Rosstandart will operate a node on the network and the members will comprise the likes of the Russian Organization for Intellectual property as well as other Russian scientific universities and state organs. Last year, the IPChain operators made a partnership with the major blockchain company BitFury.
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