Bangkok Post reports that the National electronics and computer technology center of Thailand (NECTEC) has developed a technology based on the blockchain for e-voting.
NECTEC is a statutory government organization supervised by under the purview of the National Science and Technology Development Agency and the Ministry of Science and Technology. The organization focuses on the development of computer technology, electronics, information technology and telecommunications.
Because of the increasing technological literacy of the population of Thailand, a new technology can be used in tandem with traditional voting. According to NECTEC, as soon as the country will adopt a mobile standard 5G, all votes will be counted using the new technology. Chalee Vorakulpipat, the head of the cybersecurity laboratory at NECTEC, said:
"NECTEC has developed blockchain technology for electronic voting that can be applied at the community, provincial and national levels, as well as in business. The main objective of the project ― eliminating fraud and maintaining data integrity".
Vorakulpipat added that to operate the system you must have controller, of voters and candidates. Before the election, controller may verify the identity of voters and the qualifications of the candidate. It is assumed that voters can participate in voting via e-mail and mobile cameras.
Despite the fact that widespread electronic voting system based on blockchain may to make elections more quick, cheap and safe, ensuring each voter's mobile Internet connection and verification of each individual will require a considerable amount of time.
According to Vorakulpipat, blockchain voting could be deployed in the short term in a closed environment. For example, Thais living abroad, you can visit the embassy or consulate for voting and verify their identity. Vorakulpipat also noted that the system can be tested in such organizations as universities and committees.
Other countries are also considering the possibility of using the technology of the blockchain for the safe conduct of electoral processes. After the Federal elections of 2018 in the United States, the Secretary of state of West Virginia has announced the successful completion of testing mobile a blockchain-based platform for voting in military units stationed outside of the country.
Municipal elections in the Swiss city of Zug and the Japanese city of Tsukuba was also performed using the sort of blockchain platform. Elections in Tsukuba was devoted to several social programs. Residents were given the opportunity of selecting one of the thirteen initiatives, including the development of new technologies for cancer diagnosis, construction of facilities for sports in the open air, and the establishment of a system of sound navigation in the city.