University of Malta Students Use Blockchain in Voting for Representatives

News / 30.03.2020

Students doing Masters in Blockchain networks at the University of Malta are currently using the University’s dApp to vote for student reps. According to their recent reports, this is the first instance that students use blockchain for voting.

This dApp solution is centered on a blockchain digital identity platform, a product of Vodafone. It has super-advanced privacy features as a voting platform, and the students can fully take control of all their data without fearing an outsider’s eye. 

This blockchain-centered voting network will make it effortless for users to finish voting transparently. Moreover, due to this hub, the votes cast will pass through a verifying system that validates their digital identity. The identity of voters also has maximum anonymity at every stage of the voting process. 

The University’s Distributed Ledger Technologies Director, DR Joshua Ellul, the University of Malta, enjoys being the first use case of this digital identity platform from Vodafone. 

According to Ellul, this University is the first globally to use blockchain technology in student elections. The University used in house developed dApp, and digital identity platform from Vodafone in their most recent student representative elections. 

The current situation arising from the Covid-19 pandemic has proven vital to have remote voting options. According to Mr. Ellul, having this remote voting option enables transparency, especially when leveraging blockchain solutions. 

Ellul also highlighted that they faced a severe challenge trustfully onboarding users when developing the app. According to him, using the Vodafone solution was an easy pass to the problem.

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Dacosta Osei-Tutu, a first degree holder in Nursing, who couples his Nursing career with blockchain blogging, has a great passion for the blockchain technology and aims to play a vital role in applying this revolutionary technology to disrupt the healthcare system in Africa.