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US States Turn to Cardano Foundation for Secure and Transparent Voting Solutions

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In a recent interview with DailyCoin, Frederik Gregaard, the CEO of the Cardano Foundation, was questioned about the interest of governments in embracing blockchain technology and decentralization. With a cheerful smile, he affirmed, ‘Yes. They have.’ He further elaborated that several US states have approached the Cardano Foundation, seeking assistance in developing a lightweight blockchain voting system that would be more transparent and accountable. Frederik Gregaard also brought up the topic of the UK vote, though he did not delve into specifics. His response was quite detailed, highlighting institutions' desire for assurances in terms of business continuity, predictability, and reliability.

Will Governments Embrace Blockchain Technology?

During the interview, when Frederik Gregaard casually mentioned that multiple US states had reached out to the Cardano Foundation for assistance in constructing a lightweight voting system, he treated it as a routine occurrence. He further stated that their primary consideration is whether they can provide the requested solution within the time frame specified by the other party.

From the interview, one might infer that the Cardano Foundation is somewhat uncertain about accepting this challenge as if it were struggling to prioritize it. The specifics are not publicly accessible, making it challenging to determine the exact needs of the US states and the difficulty of delivering the solution. However, successfully implementing a voting system for even a single US state could significantly boost the project, drawing the attention of other governments and institutions seeking similar solutions.

In our opinion, the Cardano Foundation should go ahead and implement the solution if it is feasible in time and of sufficient quality. These types of projects are exactly what Cardano needs, as they are in line with its mission. Hesitation is not an option.

The Cardano community has a rich history of involvement in voting processes, primarily through the Catalyst voting system. Catalyst, an integral part of Cardano's project management and a key driver of its decentralized approach has been operational for several years now. Over this period, numerous funding rounds have been completed, each contributing to the growth and development of the Cardano ecosystem.

Catalyst voting allows ADA holders to propose, discuss, and vote on various projects, thereby directly influencing the future direction of Cardano. This process ensures that the community remains at the heart of decision-making within Cardano.

In addition to Catalyst, the Cardano Foundation has also organized several ballots. These ballots were conducted with a commitment to transparency and community involvement. These experiences have not only provided valuable insights into the practicalities of blockchain-based voting but have also demonstrated the potential of such systems for larger-scale applications, such as state-wide voting.

It is positive to find that institutions are taking notice of Cardano and know what is happening in its ecosystem.

The disparity between voting in Catalyst, which is based on ADA coin ownership, and state elections is substantial. The differences extend beyond the sheer number of voters to include aspects such as identity verification. Currently, the Cardano Foundation does not have an immediately deployable system for this purpose. A decentralized identity (DID) would indeed be beneficial for state election voting. Recall that the Cardano Foundation is developing an Identity wallet that will support DID. However, it is still not finished.

The development of such a solution and the onboarding of millions of voters in time for the next American election is an immense challenge that may not be feasible.

The Cardano Foundation ought to engage in discussions with the US states to devise solutions for future elections. The trajectory is undoubtedly promising. Utilizing blockchain technology for voting could offer more security and reliability than the current postal voting system, which is often plagued by fraud and repeated vote recounts.

Blockchain voting could present several benefits. Voters would have the assurance that their votes have been correctly counted, eliminating the possibility of lost votes. Furthermore, the process could offer enhanced anonymity for voters. Only those eligible would be able to cast their votes. The collection of votes would occur on a decentralized infrastructure, impervious to influence or manipulation by any party. The results of the voting would be immediately available upon the conclusion of the voting period.

I dare to say that blockchain-secured voting is the future, as it is in line with the gradual digitization of processes and the requirement for security and reliability. No one can predict whether it will be 5 or 10 years. The interest of US states in this solution is a very positive development.

Conclusion

Regrettably, the details of who is in contact with the Cardano Foundation and the nature of their discussions remain unknown to the community. However, it's conceivable that extensive negotiations are underway with multiple entities. It might be more beneficial to focus on successful ventures, such as the pilot project where the Dubai Police are testing a Cardano-based solution for data integrity. This type of announcement attracts attention and helps the adoption of Cardano.

For governments and institutions, the quality of decentralization and the application of formal methods in blockchain development could be crucial. These factors might be even more significant than transaction per second (TPS) rates, as the ultimate solution will likely be a hybrid of blockchain and centralized infrastructure. Frederik highlighted that institutions seek assurance that a blockchain-based solution is reliable and secure. It is not acceptable for the system to have a one-day outage. They require business continuity, a significant concern in the context of distributed systems where the infrastructure isn't owned by a single entity but is instead composed of a global network of volunteers. In Cardano's case, this network consists of 3,000 individuals running pools.

The Edinburgh Decentralization Index could become increasingly relevant as institutions seek guarantees that control over infrastructure isn't concentrated among a few entities.

It would be intriguing to discover if US states have also reached out to representatives of other blockchain projects. While we may never know, it's a possibility. This is why the Cardano Foundation should seize the opportunity presented and strive to deliver a solution. It would be unfortunate for Cardano to miss this opportunity and allow another ecosystem to benefit instead. With its wealth of experience with voting, a functioning solution already in place, and a team of skilled developers, the Cardano ecosystem is well-positioned to undertake such a project. Who else but us should be entrusted with this task?

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