The Future of Voting: How Blockchain and Recent Technologies can Improve Electoral Voting Systems

Alfredo Paladino & Rafael do Couto Quintanilha Ferreira

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

National elections are the ultimate tool to express our right to be represented by a group of people we precisely select. The government has the duty of guaranteeing us the possibility of exercising our right to vote; to its fullest potential, its achievement represents the degree of democracy present in the country. Modern technologies can definitely help the government in this difficult task making the process more efficient. However, as new opportunities always correspond to new threats, the danger that these new technologies can become double-edged swords raises fierce debates within the scientific community. By analysing the problems that modern countries are facing and, at the same time, the technologies available in this precise moment, this study aims to contribute to scientific literature explaining why it is necessary to invest in new solutions. This Master Thesis applies the case study approach to give two generalizable examples of modern nations having a hard time providing a transparent and efficient voting system to their citizens. At the same time, it offers a deep perspective into Blockchain technology thanks to the collaboration with a for-profit company already involved in the field for many years. Through a wide range of literature review, the opinion provided by different experts working in the sector and recent events that are changing the world scenario, this paper justifies why electronic voting represents the future for our countries and gives examples of how the Blockchain system, albeit not the ultimate, can definitely be a solution for many problems concerning its implementation

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and E-business, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages107
SupervisorsKristjan Jespersen