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Monday, March 12, 2018

Blockchain News: Sierra Leone Secretly Holds First Blockchain-Powered Presidential Vote

Sierra Leone Secretly Holds First Blockchain-Powered Presidential Vote

Behind the scenes of Sierra Leone's presidential election Wednesday, a second, perhaps larger milestone was quietly achieved.

As voters in the nation's most populous Western District lined up to cast votes in what had been a heated campaign between 16 candidates, unbeknownst to them, blockchain voting startup Agora was helping keep track of it all, and through its proprietary distributed ledger, providing unprecedented insight into the process.

In what, by all accounts, appears to be a world's first for the emerging technology, Agora, accredited by Sierra Leone's National Election Committee used a private, permissioned blockchain - one inspired by the technology that backs bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies - to oversee the results of a national election in real time. It then relayed the data to individuals entrusted to oversee and verify the nation's democratic process.

However, for Agora, the elections could be step one in an even larger plan to launch a more decentralized version of its technology, and the startup boasts that it's already in conversations with a number of other nations interested in hosting future elections.


Full story at http://bit.ly/2p5YPCB


Source: CoinDesk


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