Claim : The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand has developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections.
Category : Use Cases (E-voting)
Source : https://cointelegraph.com/news/thai-national-tech-development-center-to-introduce-blockchain-in-voting
Source #2: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1604574/ (cited in above source)
Argument/Evidence : The sources cites Chalee Vorakulpipat, head of cybersecurity for NECTEC (National Electronics and Computer Technology Center) Thailand who claims that “Nectec developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections, as well as business votes such as the the board of directors. The goal is to reduce fraud and maintain data integrity.”
The way the news is presented suggests technology that is ready for deployment.
However, digging into additional local sources, I came across a news article (written in Thai) that provides a little more context.
The above paragraph claims that the R&D team at NECTEC has been working on the “e-Voting System” for 6 months and has the conceptual foundations in place, but is currently ready for small scale trials
. NECTEC will collaborate with the education sector to test the blockchain voting system.
Tests of the [blockchain voting] system will begin with votes for “club officer” positions or student club positions, but in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019, we will use Private Blockchain to pilot the system internally at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (parent organization of NECTEC). In the future, with larger scales, we will use a variety of technologies including facial recognition, location-based technologies, password authentication…
This paragraph states a caveat for this entire news item: “Regarding the use of blockchain voting at a large-scale (national elections), it will take time because the main factor includes people’s digital/data literacy. Currently there is a lot of inequality in terms of education and digital literacy. Moreover we’ll need more to have internet access be more distributed to all parts of the country”.
The full article (written in Thai) can be downloaded here: https://www.nectec.or.th/news/
I also check NECTEC’s github for any potential evidence of this project. The blockchain project is not available for exploration on github. https://github.com/nectec-opensource
I would revise the claim to be: “The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand will begin testing blockchain technology for e-voting with university partners in Q2 of 2019.”
Status : Unconfirmed