In a First, Japanese City Deploys Online Blockchain Voting System

The government of the Japanese city of Tsukuba has introduced an online voting system, powered by blockchain, to enable residents to vote for social development programs.

The first-of-its-kind digital vote in Japan, Tsukuba will use Japan’s “My Number” system – a 12-digit social security identifier afforded to all Japanese residents – to verify voters’ credentials before securing the vote from being falsified or accessed through decentralized blockchain technology, the Japan Times reports.

Specifically, the voting system has been put to use for the city’s residents voting for proposals on local social development programs.

Voters were asked to place their My Number card on a card reader before casting their vote while selecting the program of their choice. The vote was then recorded on a decentralized ledger whilst making it immune from tampering, according to the report.
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Francesca Marocchino

Francesca is greatly interested by the blockchain technology and how to make the best use of it. She likes to study the positive and negative impact new technologies can have on our lives. Also very passionate about the IOT and the development of smart cities, she believes we can all innovate to shape our future and preserve our planet at the same time.