The well-known “Crypto Valley” (Swiss city, Zug) train is testing the blockchain voting for the first time. The relatively insignificant question is asked: “Yes or no to the fireworks?”. Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin warns against blockchain polls.
In November 2017, the city implemented a mechanism based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) with currently about two hundred users. With this vote you want to start a first test run, with the uPort app you can participate by smartphone.
Vote as a test
The event will take place between the 25th of June and the 1st of July. However, since this is only an experiment, the authorities do not want to take into account the results, which are probably not representative.
The local media portal Swissinfo.ch reports that the survey is about whether participants are in favor of or against the annual fireworks display at the Lakeside Festivities. In addition, participants will vote on whether digital IDs should be used to borrow books and pay parking fees.
Zug is known as a crypto-friendly city and through this vote, the city shows once again that they want to participate in the technical revolution and this puts no stones in the way.
Vitalik Buterin warns against blockchain votes
Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin is of the opinion that one must be careful in blockchain polls. He would not use blockchain technology to vote at national level.
In his opinion, online voting can only be conducted in compliance with strict privacy and privacy requirements. It is not enough “to put things in a public book”, that could even be counterproductive.
Vitalik Buterin responded with these statements to an English-language article entitled “How Blockchain can improve the transparency of elections”.
Also, Blockchain technology should not ignore two things:
- 51% attacks are possible and thus a manipulation of a choice
- Unsafe applications for blockchain voting may result in tampering or disclosure of votes