Russian hackers were indicted for influencing the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump by using fake social media sites to sway public opinion. Tuesday is Election Day in the U.S., and there are many House and Senate seats up for grabs.
This raises the question, can blockchain technology be used to protect the 2018 election process from a repeat hack?
Perhaps. CNet reports a number of startup companies are developing and promoting blockchain-based voting systems. The companies think blockchain’s system for securely sharing a database of records across a network of computers could be as important for voting as it is becoming in cross-border trade, food safety and selling real estate.
Blockchain voting has already been used in West Virginia as well as by unions, universities and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Supporters point to blockchain’s transparency and its decentralized nature, distributing data among many servers, thus making it harder to destroy the data.
But many remain skeptical about blockchain in general and how electronic voting systems can be protected from hackers. In some states the old-fashioned paper ballot is even making a comeback as backup. Read more here.