Aarhus, Denmark and ZUG, SwitzerlandAnd the October 18 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Concordium Blockchain, Cobra, Aarhus Awarded University, Alexandra Institute and University of Information Technology 3.6 million Danish kroner By DIREC, to investigate how to create the best possible online voting system for Greenland.
Due to the law changing in 2020, many Greenlanders will likely have to cast their votes online in the upcoming national elections.
A group of researchers from the Concordium Blockchain, Aarhus The university, the Alexandra Institute and the University of Information Technology will investigate whether a blockchain-based system will be a credible election on the world’s largest island.
DIREC, a collaboration between computer science departments at eight Danish universities and the Alexandra Institute, has just awarded the group 3.6 million Danish kroner An ambitious project to maintain privacy and software-independent voting protocols. Department of Social Affairs, Labor Market and Internal Affairs b green land You will work closely with the group on it.
“There are, of course, many advantages in online elections, but the lack of trust and lack of ready-made and secure solutions to regulation has prevented the vast majority of countries from advancing. From Concordium, a decentralized science-based blockchain with a protocol-level identifier, we are eager to Participate and solve potential problems in building online elections in our series green landwhere vast distances make it difficult for people to cast their ballots, an online solution could increase voter participation, which is one reason why changing the law in 2020 paved the way for the Greenland government to give Greenlanders the opportunity to vote online in the future says Kåre Kjelstrøm, CTO at Concordium.
“My goal is to give Greenland decision makers good conditions to decide what system they should use to conduct elections online. From a research point of view, the project could also be valuable. Technologically, we are moving into unknown territory and depending on our results, you can You can easily imagine that many, many countries that could see the benefits of elections would be able to use our results as well. green land With its limited population and large distances, it’s the perfect place to start, says University of Information Technology professor Karsten Schuermann, lead researcher on the project.
Is blockchain the answer?
Bass Spitters, associate professor at Aarhus The university and researcher at Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus, internationally recognized for his research related to the validation of blockchain technologies, sees great potential in the project:
“Electronic election protocols use a kind of bulletin board, and Blockchains can be used as a private and secure bulletin board. They are already used in secondary elections to ensure that voters can verify that their votes have been correctly registered. In this project, we will explore whether they can be used Also in larger elections. In particular, we aim to verify that the protocols used to verify votes are inaccessible to outsiders and that they are secure. In addition, in cooperation with Concordium, we must verify whether, by integrating MitID into the blockchain of their own, it would be possible to give voters the opportunity to identify themselves at the same time that their private information is protected,” concludes Bas Spitters.
Carsten Schuermann, considered by many to be one of the world’s leading experts on election technology, has previously been a critic of the Internet. However, he is convinced that online voting will become widespread in the coming years and realizes the importance of creating a trustworthy system for him, for which this project can create the best possible conditions.
“Blockchains offer some relatively new opportunities to create security and increase transparency, which could be really interesting when we talk about internet elections. Through this project, we will concretely investigate how to use blockchain technologies to reduce attacks on the election process, detect technology and human errors and preserve We will do this by developing some protocols for a verifiable system that is what we call software independent,” says Karsten Schuermann.
Maria Amalia Rojas
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