Update on MIT/Harvard challenge contest:

Background and Description

On Nov 6, 2020 a group of MIT and Harvard professors and researchers published this paper called “Going from Bad to Worse: From Internet Voting to Blockchain Voting”:

[https://people.csail.mit.edu/rivest/pubs/PSNR20.pdf 34]

It is directed at alleged faults of blockchain technology as it is applied for performing voting process and voting audits, but in fact the authors question that anyone can suggest a solution addressing all of the numerous issues in the paper, thus concluding that only paper based process is acceptable and has minimal risks.

In Dec 2020 Free ToN Community approved significant rewards for the winners of the Contest to Challenge the Authors of the MIT/Harvard paper and demonstrate in the form of an essay that a safe and secure online blockchain voting can be not less safe and secure as any alternative system.

link to Contest https://gov.freeton.org/proposal?proposalAddress=0:06edf25391f9bf003546f2332fa22f3aa525c5ae88e3736980c6a1a9c96705ec


The current submissions deadline of Jan 15 2021 could be extended by a week at the request of some participants. Discussion on forum here:


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