November 5, 2018
Blockchain technology is spreading rapidly. First applied to finance, blockchain has made its way to the public sector and now online voting via smartphone. West Virginia will be the first state to introduce a blockchain voting mobile app system for the upcoming midterm elections, thus allowing overseas military members to vote from afar. But blockchain technology can be controversial, mainly because it is not well understood. For instance, the use of blockchain in online voting has raised concerns about security and transparency of the election process.
Blockchain is seen as a breakthrough technology on both sides of the Atlantic. The French-American Foundation is hosting an event on November 7th with three experts to discuss its potential and limitations.
Events on Blockchain, the Midterm Elections, and Cyber Security
- Transatlantic Forum: Leveraging Blockchain
- Policy Breakfast: Midterm Elections – One Week Later
- Cyber Security Program
- West Virginia’s voting experiment stirs security fears, Politico, October 13, 2018
- The Campaign for Mobile-Phone Voting Is Getting a Midterm Test, The New Yorker, October 22, 2018
- Election Security is an Immediate National Security Concern, justsecurity.org, October 31, 2018
- Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain, documentary directed by Alex Winter, November 2018
- Bitcoin and blockchain, The Washington Post, November 2, 2018