September 19, 2021

Tech versus abstention: will blockchain replace the voting booth?

While electronic voting is making a comeback, the debate itself is not that new. French people living abroad were thus able to appoint their local representatives this year thanks to the electronic ballot. The platform on which they could record their votes was certified by Anssi, the French institution in charge of cybersecurity.

Because it is the first of the fears opposed to electronic voting: how to escape security threats or intimidation? Several research projects are devoted to these questions, at Cornell University or at the National Institute for Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies (Inria). Explanations.

Giving power back to citizens: this is therefore the number 1 promise of these initiatives. And an application developed in France: Civicpower. This mixes blockchain and cloud to innovate in democratic matters. More transparency is desirable to restore the confidence of voters. But does the blockchain betray the secret of the voting booth? Physical voting costs 3 to 7 euros per voter in Europe. Civicpower aims to reduce it to 2 euros per user. Nicolas Brait, the co-founder of the application, is our guest.

And in Test24: the audio glasses turn up the volume! Bose was a pioneer in 2019 with the ‘Frames’, its sunglasses equipped with a miniature audio system. Other brands follow suit. Example with the Austrian start-up Fauna, which seeks to combine design, trend and quality of listening. At the same time, Devialet, the French sound maestro, is offering its ‘true wireless’ headphones called Gemini. Demonstration!