Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Block Chain for Voting ?

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasadji posted following on LinkedIn, two days back :

Met Ms. Urve Palo, the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia in my office today. We discussed ways to deepen the bilateral relationship between India and Estonia, which are both recognised as IT superpowers. We have identified cyber-security as an area for closer cooperation in addition to promoting exchange of students and facilitating our start-ups.

That elicited 1183 Likes and 44 comments , where I commented :

Totally support Devanand in matter of learning from Estonia on how to conduct online elections

And now , BLOCKCHAIN technology guarantees transparency . Pl read :

Today , I found further confirmation of possibility of using BLOCKCHAIN for elections at :

where, the following paras are worth reading :

Permissioned block-chains aren’t quite the same as public block-chains, like those supporting the crypto-currencies bitcoin. While anyone can validate transactions on a public block-chain, only authorized persons can validate transactions on a permissioned block-chain.

In the case of the Sierra Leone election, the authorized parties included people from Agora, the Red Cross, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the University of Freiburg.

However, like a public block-chain, anyone can view transactions recorded on a permissioned block-chain. That means that once the groups managing the block-chain verified the Sierra Leone votes, anyone — voters, candidates, or just interested third parties — could see the election results.

Agora’s use of block-chain for the Sierra Leone election isn’t the company’s ultimate vision for the technology. Eventually, the start-up hopes to eliminate the use of paper ballots altogether, allowing voters to cast their votes via personal electronic devices. This will cut down on election costs, increase voter accessibility, and eliminate a potential avenue for corruption.

Dear Shri Ravi Shankar Prasadji,
Only in Nov 2017 , you said :

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Verified account

I urge you to consider incorporating this Block-Chain Technology in the following Mobile App proposed by me :

VotesApp  [  18  Aug  2013  ]

This incorporation would be even better ( as far as transparency is concerned ) than the current method of V-VPAT in EVM  !

VotesApp will ensure that any voter can get to see ( proof ) of who ( which person ) he voted for , in which election ( Municipal or State or National ) and when – apart from ensuring “ No fake / invalid votes “ !

A complete history of his voting during lifetime – but, which he alone can access on his mobile through his biometrics !

Now imagine aggregation of the voting behaviour of 800 million voters at gross / macro level and totally anonymized – and accessible to anyone on EC’s web site  !

 This could reveal following types of trends / analytics :

·         No of Votes

·         Percentage of voters

·         Vote share ( party wise )

·         State / Region wise

·         Gender wise

·         Vote swings / Anti Incumbency factors………. Etc

Such BIG DATA analytics might even make it possible to “ predict “ the future voting patterns !

With incorporation of Block-Chain ( into VotesApp ) , opposition will be left with no arguments to oppose SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS !

12  March  2018

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