Thailand’s National Tech Development Center to Introduce Blockchain in Voting

The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center of Thailand have developed blockchain technology for e-voting, as per the report of Bangkok Post on Jan. 2.

It is to be noted that NECTEC is a statutory government organization that operates under the purview of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Science and Technology Development Agency. The organization primarily promotes the development of telecommunications, computing, IT, and electronics.

The technology purportedly can be deployed in tandem with traditional voting as Thais become further technologically literate. Once 5G is eventually adopted, all votes will be connected with the new technology, as per NECTEC. The head of the cybersecurity laboratory at NECTEC, Chalee Vorakulpipat told the Bangkok Post that NECTEC developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to provincial, national, or community elections. The technology can also be applied to business votes such as the board of directors. The primary goal is to trim down scam and maintain data integrity.

While widespread blockchain-based e-voting has the potential to make elections quicker, more secure, and cheaper, it will take time to make sure that each voter has access to a mobile internet connection and identity verification.

Blockchain voting, according to Vorakulpipat, could be deployed in the short term in a closed environment. For instance, Thais living abroad could go to a consulate or an embassy to vote and verify their identities. Vorakulpipat also mentioned that the system might be trialed in minor elections at organizations like committee boards, universities, and provinces.

Many other countries have also been pondering upon the use of blockchain technology to secure and conduct election processes. The Secretary of State of West Virginia reported a triumphant trial of mobile blockchain voting for West Virginians in the armed services stationed overseas, subsequent to the 2018 federal mid-term elections in the United States.

Both the Japanese city of Tsukuba and the Swiss city of Zug have conducted trials of blockchain voting in municipal elections. The election was dedicated to several social programs, in Tsukuba. Residents have the choice over which 13 proposed initiatives they would like to support, including constructing objects for outdoor sports, developing a new cancer diagnostic technology, and creating sound navigation in the city.

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