Russia To Use Blockchain For Exit Polling In Upcoming Presidential Election

During Russia’s March 18 presidential election, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center will use blockchain technology to securely record and transmit exit poll data.

  • The state-run All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, also known by its acronym, VTSIOM, is planning to use blockchain technology to record the results of exit polls during the country’s presidential election later this month.

    VTSIOM’s general director, Valery Fyodorov, said that previous attempts at conducting online exits polls had failed due to interference by malicious actors:

    “We had to actually close the site on election day so that it would not be attacked by DDOS attacks and other attempts at hacking by numerous anonymous hackers.”

    The organization hopes that the new system will “reduce the effectiveness of hacker attacks, [and] ensure the transparency of the process of data collection and aggregation.”

    In a press release, VTSIOM said that if the project succeeds, it “will form the basis of the program ‘Digital VTsIOM,’ developed at the Center and planned for implementation” between 2018 and 2021.

    The exit poll project will be rolled out in partnership with the firm 2chain.

    In late 2017, the government of Moscow announced that it would begin migrating its Active Citizen program, which allows Muscovites to vote on city planning and other non-electoral issues, onto a blockchain based on Ethereum code.

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