For the first time since 1848, the Associated Press (AP) is leveraging the time-stamping and immutability capability of the EOS and Ethereum blockchains to publish the results of the US Presidential elections in collaboration with Everipedia, a Forbes report on Nov 4 shows.
AP and Everipedia Joining Hands to Publish Election Results
Elections data are passed to Everipedia, a Wikipedia competitor. The platform relies on Chainlink—an oracles system, to guarantee that whatever is published by the news outlet is accurate.
Chainlink is a decentralized oracle provider that securely and reliably connects smart contracts in Ethereum with verified data from the real-world.
In this use case, Everipedia will be tapping its information from AP. The authenticity of the data is thereafter confirmed by an Oracle system before it is publishing in the Ethereum and EOS blockchains.
Daniel Kochis, head of business development at Chainlink, said:
“Making this powerful technology more accessible is key to realizing its full potential. And publishing the AP’s electoral race calls onto the blockchain for the first time is a big milestone in that journey.”
The Blockchain as the Base
Behind the scene, AP is heavily reliant on its blockchain-based application programming interface (API).
As such, users searching to tap their elections data can reference published information on the Ethereum and EOS blockchains for authenticity.
This is the first time the blockchain has been used to this extend. Previous attempts in countries such as Russia have been done on smaller scales and proved promising.
Changing the “Voting Manipulation” Conversation
Supporters claim that the blockchain can be used as a medium for voting transparently and arresting attempts to game the system.
In the United States’ case, the technology can be further extended for identity proofing as well as proving votes were completely counted.
Other demonstrations show that the blockchain can drastically slash the operating costs and wait time. It is common for people to queue for hours, waiting to cast their votes and practice their democratic rights.
The time-stamping and tamper-proof nature of blockchain means votes cast cannot be changed. Together with the transparency of the digital ledger, elections can be validated directly from the blockchain.
In August, as BTCManager reported, South Korea unveiled plans of developing seven distributed ledger technology-based systems including the launch of a voting and election system by 2022 under the “Blockchain Technology Diffusion Strategy.”