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Russia is ready to try blockchain-based voting again, despite the drawbacks in the past

August 27, 2020

The Russian telecommunications giant, Rostelekom, together with the Russian Ministry for Digital Development and Communication, tested a voting system based on blockchain technology that was developed in cooperation with Waves Enterprise.

As reported by various local media, 30,000 people took part in the preliminary test to test the functionality and technical capabilities of the new platform. According to a Rostelekom spokesperson, the system worked as intended during this test and did not fail under heavy data load.

The votes were counted in less than a minute, according to homomorphic encryption systems. With this method, calculations can produce the same result even if the underlying data is encrypted.

Russia is ready to try blockchain-based voting again, despite the drawbacks in the pastRussia is ready to try blockchain-based voting again, despite the drawbacks in the past

Officials found that The test helped them identify some usability issues. Since then, they have committed to using comments to make the platform more accessible and intuitive.

The platform will be used from September 11th to 13th during parliamentary elections in the Kursk and Yaroslavl regions.. Another bogus election will take place on August 31st as the final test of the system prior to its massive implementation.

This is a continuation of Russia’s blockchain-based voting experiments. held for the first time in 2019 for the local elections in Moscow and then in June 2020 for the controversial referendum on constitutional amendments.

The platform for the next elections was developed in collaboration with Waves Enterprise and It’s a completely independent product of previous iterations.

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, The platform developed by Bitfury and used in the June elections suffered from serious performance issues, security vulnerabilities, as well as allegations of fraud and alleged lack of transparency.

While Waves assured Cointelegraph in previous interviews that their system has no back doors, Critics of the old system argued that if blockchain technology cannot be validated by outside witnesses, it offers little improvement over a centralized electronic voting system.

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