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    1. I'd like to start a discussion on the topic of electronic voting and how it could be implemented in a secure way, while also discussing what advantages such a system could have over traditional...

      I'd like to start a discussion on the topic of electronic voting and how it could be implemented in a secure way, while also discussing what advantages such a system could have over traditional paper ballot (which, in my opinion, are still the gold standard).

      To start the conversation, I could propose my (hypothetical) solution. Voting seems like a no-brainer application for Blockchain technology, and its transparency and immutability offer some immediate benefits. My idea is a system where voters still register and walk into booths as they do today, but once they submit their vote electronically, a keypair is created on the spot for them, with the option to print out their public key. This offers a couple of key benefits:

      • Accountability: You can always input your public key and see your vote. This can ensure no tampering is done, and you can ensure the integrity of your vote during the entire election.

      • Visibility: With a system like this, the blockchain could be made public. As each keypair is generated at the time of voting, they are, for all intents and purposes, completely anonymous. This will allow any third party to monitor votes coming in real time, removing the dependency on a centralized body to count the votes, allowing anyone to see exactly how the votes are shaping up.

      I'd love to hear any criticisms or pitfalls of this, any other advantages you might be able to think of, or any other implementations you guys think might be better. Or hell, if there's no way electronic voting can prove to be better than paper ballots, I'd love to hear your arguments as to why.

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