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Blockchain Technology in the e-Government System

Student: Mikhail Karasev

Supervisor: Tatiana Yakushkina

Faculty: Graduate School of Business

Educational Programme: Business Informatics (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This paper is devoted to the study of the tools by which elections are implemented in Russia, and the assessment of the possibilities of using the Blockchain technology with the aim of increasing the reliability of current processes and citizens' confidence. A large amount of literature, scientific articles and interviews of experts were studied and analyzed. The aim of the work is to analyze the possibility of holding elections in Russia using the Blockchain technology, and assessing the feasibility of switching to this technology. To fulfill this goal were formulated the following tasks: •Analyze the current state of affairs in the electoral system •Identify opportunities, advantages and disadvantages of transferring elections to Blockchain •To study the foreign experience of voting on the Blockchain •Make an assumption about the risks and costs of the transition to Blockchain •Analyze the results of public opinion about the elections •Build As-Is and To-Be election model •Develop technical requirements for the elections on Blockchain •Make recommendations on the use of Blockchain technology for elections The work includes a list of abbreviations used, an introduction, three main chapters, a conclusion, a list of references and an appendix. The first chapter contains a review of the literature describing the current situation in the electoral system and the reasons for the lack of confidence in the elections. The second chapter describes the implemented cases of the Blockchain technology in elections in different countries; highlights the risks, advantages and disadvantages of this technology. In the third chapter, the As-Is and To-Be models are constructed and described; analyzed the results of a public opinion poll on elections; considered the technical side of the election issue on Blockchain. As a result, a list of arguments was received in favor of transition election to Blockchain technology.

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