While the United States and Europe promote the illusion of voting through their highly suspect Diebold machines, one nation that is often vilified by the West for 'vote rigging' is doing something about it when it comes to transparency.
Local officials announced recently that they have been experimenting with the use of the Ethereum Blockchain in the capital city of Moscow to record, count, and verify votes in a number of different referendums that could one day lead to being the sole arbiter of transparent voting for all elections.
Even as Russia stands accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its national capital is taking a leadership role in making democracy more transparent.
Using an existing program called Active Citizen, the city of Moscow has been allowing residents to cast votes for measures ranging from the name of their new metro train to the color of the seats in a new sports arena. But in an effort to soothe people's concerns over whether to trust the city in its vote counting, it's added a private version of the ethereum blockchain to that project's architecture.
"Of course, sometimes we hear that not all the votes are trusted," said Andrey Belozerov, the strategy and innovations advisor to the city's CIO. "So, we decided to use a blockchain for the Active Citizen project, as a platform of electronic trust."
The ethereum-based platform, which allows anyone to audit the open-source results, has been downloaded by more than 100 node operators since its December launch.
In this way, the city hopes to gain the trust of the citizens of Moscow, but bigger than that, win the trust of state governments around the world. - Coindesk
So while the rest of the world remains focused on creating as many cryptocurrencies as possible on the Blockchain, innovation on the Distributed Ledger platform by a few countries are finding them working towards using the technology as a remedy to help eliminate corruption, and one day bring about a return to confidence in their political and financial systems.