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Congress is considering blockchain voting amid COVID-19 quarantine

May 4, 2020

An employee memorandum revealed this The United States Congress is considering blockchain technology as a means for the Senate to carry out remote voting in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

The report says that A blockchain can be provided together with fully encrypted applicationsor E2EE to facilitate coordination.

The memorandum was drawn up after the roundtable event of the Standing Subcommittee on Investigations on the Continuity of Senate Operations and Remote Voting in Times of Crisis.

Congress is considering blockchain voting amid COVID-19 quarantineCongress is considering blockchain voting amid COVID-19 quarantine

The discussion took place as the Senate is preparing to meet again this week.

The Senate regards the DLT-based vote as an emergency plan

The document states that the two houses of Congress have always “met in person to discuss matters, including committee hearings, plenary discussions, and votes,” and have emphasized this.None of the cameras have emergency plans that allow these functions to be performed remotely“”

The memo from the Senate staff says this Through distributed and encrypted registration, “the blockchain can securely transmit a voice and also check the correct voicewhereas these functions were used to argue the effectiveness of blockchain-based voting systems. “

“”Blockchain offers a secure and transparent environment for transactions and manipulation-free electronic registration of all votes“The memorandum says:” It also reduces the risk of wrong vote counts, “added the document.

The Congress has already determined this Blockchain-like systems are used as part of the votingciting the 2019 Estonian general election, in which 44% of the votes were cast online.

The Senate is concerned about security vulnerabilities

The report identifies concerns about a 51% attack on the blockchain that houses Senate votes, and emphasizes that “cAny remote blockchain voting system would need to be properly configured to rule out a 51% threat of attack“”

The Senate also expresses his concern from “The possible weaknesses of cryptographic errors and software errors”.

The memo takes place amid growing debates on the effectiveness of blockchain-based solutions to the governance problems arising from the COVID 19 pandemic, and members of Congress call on Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin to use blockchain-based stimulus distribution.

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