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University of Malta Students Develop and Use Blockchain Voting Application

Master students in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta have designed, built, and used decentralised blockchain app developed to vote for their student representatives.

According to the Times of Malta:

“At this time especially, given the current situation, it was important to have a remote voting mechanism in place that enables trust and transparency thanks to the Blockchain-based solution. The main challenge to achieve this is onboarding users in a trusted manner – and digital identity platforms such as that provided by Vodafone provide a solution”, said Joshua Ellul, director of the UM’s Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies.

The voting dApp tapped into Vodafone’s Decentralised Digital Identity platform, which gives users stronger privacy as they retain full control of their personal data rather than a centralised authority.

Voters identities are kept anonymous and the system is transparent, verifiable and guaranteed in terms of the voting outcome.

The University of Malta team included:

  • Joshua Ellul, director of the UM’s Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies.
  • Saviour Zammit, who chairs the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Gordon Pace, a professor within the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of ICT
  • Shaun Azzopardi, who has completed his PhD within the Department of Computer Science
  • And the Master students reading the Blockchain and DLT programme who helped test the platform.

The Masters in Blockchain and DLT at the University of Malta is multidisciplinary as it allows for students to gain a broad understanding of the various areas surrounding blockchain, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, and other DLTs. It also allows students to dig deeper into their area of specialisation. 

Richard Kastelein
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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