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Thailand's NECTEC Develops Blockchain To Use In Elections

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Thailand's National Electronics and Computer Technology Center or NECTEC developed blockchain technology to use in elections, according to the Bangkok Post. Blockchain-based e-voting could make elections faster, cheaper and more secure.

A hybrid model with blockchain technology is expected to combine e-voting in close groups and traditional voting. The national technology development center under the Ministry of Science and Technology noted that when 5G is eventually adopted, all voters will be connected with the new technology.

Chalee Vorakulpipat, head of the cybersecurity laboratory at Nectec, said, "Nectec developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections, as well as business votes such as the board of directors. The goal is to reduce fraud and maintain data integrity."

In the blockchain-based voting system, every voter needs to have an affordable mobile internet connection and identity verification, and they don't need to travel to polling stations. Candidates can register in the system. Before the election, an election controller can identify the qualifications of voters and candidates.

The voters then can vote through an email, similar to online surveys carried out using Google Docs. It must be verified by a mobile camera. The data is transmitted directly from the voters to the election controller.

The blockchain technology eliminates the need for data collection from election points and delivery to a central location, helping to save much labor costs and prevent fraud.

As every voter needs to have internet access, blockchain implementation will require time for the general election, Vorakulpipat said.

NECTEC is seeking partners such as universities for access to test environments.

A number of countries have tried blockchain in elections. The Secretary of State of West Virginia earlier reported a successful trial of mobile blockchain voting in the armed services stationed overseas.

The Swiss city of Zug and the Japanese city of Tsukuba have conducted trials of blockchain voting in municipal elections.

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