Seoul has been embracing blockchain in all things since 2018, and now, the government announced plans to launch its highly anticipated blockchain petition system on March 1. The system is designed to fix the voter fraud problems that plague a similar online system used nationally in South Korea.
The new initiative, known as Democracy Seoul, is in line with the central government’s vision of establishing a more open platform for discussions between the government and the public.
The system will allow residents to propose suggestions to the government about potential changes to existing policies or to surface new issues. Practically, the system forces the government to respond if any petition gets at least 200,000 votes within 30 days.
Democracy Seoul addresses one of the major criticisms of the national petition system, which has been plagued by double voting and fake identities. Therefore, blockchain technology will mainly be used to verify the identity of every person on the network, thus eliminating double voting.
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