Swiss ‘Crypto Valley’ Zug Successfully Completes First Blockchain Voting Trial
The city of Zug, Switzerland, has successfully completed the country’s first blockchain-based test voting, Swissinfo.ch reported.
The blockchain-based consultative vote which took place between June 25 and July 1 was conducted with the help of Zug’s electronic Identification (eID) system. Eligible voters were able to decide on the city’s’ minor issues as well as the future of the eID system.
Dieter Müller, Zug’s head of communications, has claimed that the premiere was a success and noting that the technical details of the voting process will be evaluated over the coming months, according to the report.
The blockchain-based electronic ID was introduced in the city in November 2017 and is currently in a pilot phase. It was developed by a local software company based in Zug, known as Luxoft. The company works in partnership with the city and the department of computer science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.
Luxoft’s CTO Vasily Suvorov explains how the voting system is intended to work:
“There are concerns about electronic voting because voting is a fundamental mechanism for direct voting.. That’s why we believe that this technology should not belong to a single company. We will build the e-voting platform ‘Open Source’ so that people can understand what the technology is and how it works. We want to encourage more people to develop blockchain-based applications for governments worldwide.”
Zug is considered to be the center of blockchain in Switzerland. It is the first city in the world to accept bitcoin as payment for public services. Last year, Zug officials established “Crypto Valley”, a not-for-profit organization supporting the development of blockchain and cryptographic related technologies and businesses.