The contentious U.S. presidential election elevated a number of critical security issues to the forefront, perhaps none more important for the long-term than questions of voter fraud and electronic voting security. If voting is ever to move away from paper ballots, the integrity of the process must be intact first. A team of engineering and policy students at New York University took a stab at a solution that applies blockchain to the problem.
The students, Kevin Kirby, Anthony Masi and Fernando Maymi, architected what they call a permissioned blockchain system, dubbed Votebook, that hinges on a central authority such as a state or Federal Election Commission overseeing the distribution of cryptographic keys to the nodes—or voting machines—in the network.
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