Russia Using Blockchain At Election Process

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Blockchain is evolving and may be it will be convincing goverments of its usefull features. For example Russia in their election process.

Russia and Blockchain

VTSIOM, Russia’s state-run public opinion research center, has decided to use blockchain technology to collect data from exit polls in the country’s upcoming presidential elections. This is going to be one of the first instances of blockchain applied to elections.

“This provides storage of the data that we receive at polling stations in a special blockchain bank. This will prevent any external changes to the information and ensure the transparency of the data collection and aggregation,”

2chain, is the company in charge of the procedures, focused in consultancy services for blockchain technology and ICOs.

VTSIOM is promoting technologies that make the election process safer and more efficient. They say that blockchain would also hedge against technical difficulties that often occur during times of data collection and transfer.

In general, Russia has had a warm relationship with blockchain. The country recently saw the launch of a school offering lessons in the technology. The school, which opened in Moscow-based IT hub Phystechpark, is the first in Russia to teach programming essentials specifically oriented towards the development of applications using the Ethereum blockchain. The project has even recruited Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin as a consultant, which gives the school a significant degree of legitimacy.

Sberbank started a research lab early this year with the aim of spurring blockchain-related activity among local companies and communities. Before that, the bank successfully carried out a blockchain pilot that involved a transaction underpinned by IBM’s technology.

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