Students at the University of Malta recently conducted an election to choose student representatives, using a blockchain decentralized application, Crowdfund Insider reports. The application was reportedly created at the school, and relied on technology solutions from Vodafone:
This dApp was enabled using a decentralized digital identity platform, which leverages blockchain tech provided by Vodafone. The platform allows each trusted user to access enhanced privacy features by giving them complete control of their personal data, instead of it being managed by a centralized authority.
The students are all studying blockchain and distributed ledger technology and are believed to be the first to use blockchain technology for a student election.
University of Malta Center of Distributed Ledger Technologies director Dr. Joshua Ellul suggested that the use of remote voting was particularly timely, given ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic:
“Given the current #COVID19 situation, and in our measures to ‘flatten the curve,’ this solution enabled for a remote, transparent, verifiable and anonymous election process through the use of blockchain and smart contracts.”