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Blockchain protects Exit Poll data of Russian presidential election

March 19, 2018

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Blockchain protects Exit Poll data of Russian presidential election

Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTSIOM) used blockchain for the Exit Poll on Sunday during Russian presidential election.

This step is one of the world’s first implementations of Blockchain in official voting.

Smart ExitPoll project provides storage for data received during Exit Polls in a special blockchain storage built on the Ethereum platform. Everyone interested can follow the process.

According to VTSIOM, data from all 1200 polling stations was collected in special blockchain database. Blockchain database of information from the polls allowed the organization to prevent DDoS attacks and other common malicious threats.

The project was realized in partnership with B2Chain agency. The data is available here (in Russian).

«Until now we were practically forced to shut down the website at polling day because of DDoS and other kinds of attacks from different kinds of anonymous hackers. Thanks to blockchain, we are repeatedly increasing protection of our data from cyber-attacks,” said Valery Fyodorov, General Director of Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

He added that Exit Poll not only allows knowing the results of elections earlier than the official results, but also significantly increases transparency of the election.

“But is it worth trusting the Exit Poll results? In order to clear doubts on this issue we decided to conduct our Exit Poll based on blockchain,” he added.

Earlier the chair of the Central Election Commission of Russia Ella Pamfilova didn’t exclude the possibility of a transition to the blockchain in the Russian electoral system during the 2024 presidential election.

President Vladimir Putin secured his fourth six-year term as president, achieving an expected result on Sunday by winning the election with nearly 74% of the vote.

Let us remind that at the beginning of March, Republic of Sierra Leone became the first country to run a blockchain-powered election.