The Japan-based company Layer X recently announced the creation of a block chain voting protocol.
The company hopes to use its protocol in Tsukuba City’s Smart City project.
The company wants to bring new benefits to local governments and drive a shift towards electronic voting.
The elections in the United States have prompted many people to consider block-chain voting because of the faster and more secure procedures. Of course, many people thought about this issue long before the U.S. elections, although for many it was still a pipe dream.
However, a company based in Japan decided to start working on the concept and they just announced its development.
How can the protocol help?
The company developing a voting protocol based on block chain technology is the Japanese company Layer X. The company has developed the protocol as part of a Smart City initiative currently being pursued by Tsukuba City.
The company is headquartered in Tokyo, and has determined that the new system will meet all technical requirements for electronic voting. These include security measures that can prevent problems such as double voting. However, it would also allow accurate storage of votes, it could improve the management of operational records and, of course, increase voter confidentiality.
The log can do even more, such as allowing voters to view their election results and verify that votes were cast correctly on the network.
What does Layer X hope to achieve?
According to Layer X, the goal of developing the system is a desire to push for a change in the way voting works. The company believes that e-voting in local government is the right way forward and that it would also help solve technical issues related to DX (digital transformation) of various government services.
As mentioned above, all this is a result of the company’s intention to join the Tsukuba City project and transform it into a smart city by pushing it deeper into the digital age.
Of course, online voting is not only appreciated for its greater security and speed. With the COVID 19 pandemic, it will also reduce the risk of contagion if voters are able to do their duty remotely.
Japan is far from being the only country that has tried digital solutions. Russia is currently testing similar block chain voting projects, and the French municipality of Verneuil-sur-Seine has already held such a vote.