We shouldn’t even have to talk about blockchain public voting, because blockchains were specifically designed to bypass authorities (“trusted third parties are security holes“), whereas public elections are specifically managed and controlled by public authorities. It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that “blockchain public voting” is an oxymoron, at least given our current forms of government.
Moreover, blockchains were specifically designed to prevent the double spending of digital cash without using central third parties. Public voting is a very different problem, it requires a different solution. It’s basic logic.
Unfortunately some people lack basic logic skills and IT literacy, with two consequences:
- They call “blockchain” any software using cryptography
- They think that “blockchains” have some kind of inherent security properties
It’s a short step from there to think that blockchains could “secure” electronic voting. That is, if you don’t know how to do a basic internet search or are too intellectually lazy to do it. Because it’s fully debunked, and the references are right there in the open:
- MIT researchers identify security vulnerabilities in Voatz Blockchain voting app
- Moscow Blockchain Voting System Hacked in 20 Minutes by a French researcher
- Blockchain voting is vulnerable to hackers, software glitches and bad ID photos – among other problems by Nir Kshetri
- Blockchain Voting: Solves None Of The Actual Problems Of Online Voting; Leverages None Of The Benefits Of Blockchain by Mike Masnick
- Why blockchains don’t solve the voting problem, twitter thread by Matthew Green
- Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy (free PDF avail.)
Extract: “While the notion of using a blockchain as an immutable ballot box may seem promising, blockchain technology does little to solve the fundamental security issues of elections, and indeed, blockchains introduce additional security vulnerabilities”
On e-voting in general