University of Malta Students to Conduct Elections Using Blockchain, Amid Lockdown
University of Malta students who are enrolled in Masters in Blockchain program are now using a decentralized application (dApp) created by the university, to cast their votes for student representatives. According to the report, this is the very first time the students are using blockchain or distributed ledger technology for such purpose.
The dApp solution is built on top of a decentralized digital identity platform, which leverages blockchain tech provided by Vodafone. The platform enables each trusted user to access advanced privacy features by giving them total control of their personal data. No central authority will have access to the students’ personal data.
The blockchain-powered voting solution allows users to cast their votes in a transparent manner. All the casted votes can be reliably verified through the digital identity system. Voters’ identity is also kept anonymous throughout the whole voting process.
According to Dr. Joshua Ellul, Director at the University of Malta’s Centre of Distributed Ledger Technologies, the institution is pleased to have been the first use-case for the Vodafone digital identity platform.
He claimed they are the first in the world to hold a student election on a blockchain. Ellul stated that the institution recently hosted a student representatives election using a dApp developed in-house and a Vodafone digital identity platform.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some of the importance that is offered by remote voting platforms, like the one developed by the university. According to Ellul, given the current COVID-19 situation, it was crucial for the student body to have a remote voting mechanism in place that enables trust and transparency through the use of blockchain-based solution.
Ellul noted that the biggest challenge to developing the platform was onboarding users in a trusted manner. However, he said identity platforms such as the one offered by Vodafone provide a solution to that.