MIPT introduced a blockchain-based voting system

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) will begin to award degrees with the help of blockchain service WE.Vote, the press service of Waves Enterprise said.

One of the leading universities in Russia launched with great responsibility the search for a remote voting system and chose a service that meets their tasks.

At the end of 2021, we conducted defense of 38 thesis during which we used the system and made sure that this service controls the reliability of all stages, keeping the secret of voting. An important advantage is a simple and understandable interface. We want to switch to constant work with electronic voting based on WE.Vote during the work of dissertation councils,” said Vitaly Bagan, vice-rector for scientific work at MIPT.

The solution is protected by cryptographic tools and homomorphic encryption. The latter makes it possible to count votes, avoiding their decryption, that means, the vote secret is guaranteed.

Anonymity of voters is ensured by distributed key generation and server decentralization. Anyone can view the transaction history in the process of voting and make sure that it includes information with its public key and that it is genuine. This ensures the integrity of the data. You can change your voice too only if your were the voter, and for a limited time.

Electronic voting systems have become particularly popular in recent years. Companies and large corporations are particularly interested in a trusted decision-making environment.

Paper ballots, although the most common vote counting system, do not meet the current public request. The risks of voice substitution, errors in their collection and processing are high. Such votes require impressive budgets. In Estonian local elections, according to a study by Tallinn Technical University, processing of the digital bulletin is almost twice cheaper that processing of a paper one (2.32 euros versus 4.37 euros),” said CEO of Waves Enterprise Artem Kalikhov.

According to Waves Enterprise, electronic voting on the blockchain in Russia and in the world will find more and more use cases. The role of WE.Vote technology, which passed the test of public elections (more than 600,000 voters, in different regions of Russia) will become all the more popular.

The Ministry of Education and Science provided MIPT along with several other organizations the right of to award degrees independently. The Institute invites leading Russian and foreign experts and scientists to participation in dissertation councils. Such approach imposes additional requirements on reliability of used electronic systems.

WE.Vote is remote electronic voting service on the blockchain platform of Russian company Waves Enterprise. WE.Vote solves a number of tasks of any voting:

  • protecting and maintaining the original data, selection of participants and other information, used in voting (voter lists, encryption keys of ballots on various stages);
  • transparency of execution and invariability of program code in the form of smart contracts for all voting stages;
  • decentralized data storage in which each voter has an copy identical to others, which is provided by the properties of the system;
  • tracking voting progress through monitoring transactions in block chains, from start to final records.
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