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  • Onwrd Podcast

    Democracy could use a reboot. A systems upgrade. We are in the middle of the 21st Century, and many basic democratic structures are way out of date. Voting is one of the most obvious examples. In today’s episode, I talk to Jeffrey Stern of Votem, a mobile voting platform designed to securely cast votes in elections across the globe. Votem is one of many social innovators helping shift our democratic institutions into the digital age by improving the accessibility and security of the sacred right to vote. For more information, connect with

  • The Brookings Institution

    This highlights a need to create awareness among the government officials and build the technological capabilities for making possible a technology-driven, transparent electoral process. According to Pete Martin, CEO of Votem and a proponent of online voting, we are two years away from major online elections running on blockchain in the U.S. As governments change, the process of electing such governments is bound to change too—and blockchain may have a part to play.

  • Atelier BNP Paribas

    Votem is exploring the same territory, developing a system – also using blockchain technology – that enables citizens to vote in a secure manner on their smartphone. The Cleveland, Ohio-based company argues that this mechanism will help to discourage abstention by making it easier and more convenient to vote, reducing the risk of electoral fraud, and consequently restoring public trust in the democratic process. Having carried out a number of dry runs at private elections, Votem is planning to put this technology to the test at the forthcoming mid-term elections in the United States

  • Stanford Graduate School of Business

    That potential extends well beyond the world of digital currencies, which is where blockchain remains in the popular imagination — for now. “People still think ‘bitcoin’ when they hear the word cryptocurrency,” Galen says, “but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface is the much more robust blockchain platform that goes well beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.” A blockchain is essentially a shared digital ledger that records transactions and stores data in a transparent, decentralized way, making it a powerful tool for a range of social enterprises, from tracking coffee through a supply chain to building a credit system for the 2 billion “unbanked” people worldwide who still lack basic financial services. The study looked at applications in every major sector and found that healthcare, financial inclusion, aid, and democracy and governance were the areas with the most existing “blockchain for good” initiatives... ...During the 2016 U.S. elections, the Montana state government worked with Votem, a Cleveland-based mobile voting platform, to use distributed ledger technology for absentee voters. A post-election survey determined that 99% percent of voters who used the Montana system found it convenient and would use it again. “The potential for positive social impact in the U.S. is great,” the Stanford researchers write, noting that more than 2.6 million U.S. citizens living overseas were eligible to vote back home in 2014, but only 93,000 of them did — a turnout of 4%.

  • CNN

    Votem argues mobile voting has the potential to boost voter turnout, increase accuracy and reignite trust in election results. The company says it can verify and count votes in real time on its blockchain voting platform.

  • Stanford Graduate School of Business | Center for Social Innovation

    The investment and innovation in Democracy and Governance applications of blockchain technology speaks to its great potential value to the public sector and citizens...Distributed ledger technology, the same technology underlying blockchain, makes votes instantly traceable and impossible to edit. The “audit trail” question is paramount for any voting system, and storing records across a distributed ledger helps to ensure the integrity of the vote as it is happening (and afterward), rather than relying on a centralized database which could be a target for attacks. Furthermore, voters can actually verify that their vote was cast and counted.

  • FastCompany

    Projects that aim to improve democracy and governance were the most advanced of all those studied, with 62% expected to deliver results in the next six months, according to the analysis. That includes companies like the mobile voting platform Votem, which has worked with Montana’s state government to allow military and other overseas voters to securely fill out electronic absentee ballots.

  • MarketWatch

    Cleveland-based Votem Corp. announced Monday it had launched a new Proof of Vote Protocol that hopes to improve the voting process by using blockchain technology. By utilizing the blockchain, the company said voting will become more transparent, more verifiable and increase trust.

  • Crain's Cleveland Business

    Votem is a Cleveland tech company developing a blockchain-based voting platform that Martin wants to become the new global standard for voting. "But they're probably ahead of the wave with what they're doing. I think it's very smart to be applying blockchain to things like voting, and I really hope they're successful."

  • Qrius

    Blockchain technology ensures anonymity of the voters as they are veiled from any probable suppression. It uses an encrypted key that guarantees heightened security and privacy in comparison to the traditional ballot boxes. A blockchain is also immutable; it provides for a hassle-free auditing without the risk of tampering. The most pivotal security advantage of the blockchain is decentralisation. As the ledger is distributed across a public network, there is nothing like a single storage base. This aspect makes it difficult and almost impossible to hack a blockchain system.

  • Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Five main challenges to eDemocracy remain. Here, we outline each challenge, as well as recent developments that suggest that integrating eDemocracy with impact investing and innovative public policy may be the best method for overcoming many if not all of them...Here are the leaders in eDemocracy validation:​Votem

  • Forbes

    In August, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced that Votem would be participating in its voting system testing and certification program. The company is partnered with the Blockchain Research Institute and the National Association of Secretaries of State, and hopes to have 1 billion people using its technologies by 2025.

  • Tech Bullion

    The application of blockchain technology in marriage records, health records, title deeds and even in voting will revolutionize how things are done. Companies have experimented with keeping records of real property on blockchain. Similarly, Votem has made important milestones in creating a trusted blockchain voting system.

  • Business Insider

    "Blockchain technology provides all of the characteristics you would want in a platform that is arguably the most important part of a democratic society; it’s fault-tolerant, you cannot change the past, you cannot hack the present, you cannot alter the access to the system, every node with access can see the exact same results, and every vote can be irrefutably traced to its source without sacrificing a voter's vote anonymity. End to end verifiable voting systems will give the voter the ability to verify if their vote is correctly recorded and correctly counted, for instance, if a ballot is missing, in transit or modified, it can even be detected by the voter and caught before the election is over."

  • Nanalyze

    Removing the nuances from an industry and boiling it down to its essence is important when you’re an investor. Unless you’re spending your money philanthropically, you want to know the bottom line: Is this a company with smart leadership, strong intellectual property, and clear potential to scale?

  • Investor Place

    It needs to be noted that blockchain isn’t just for money. The concept of an encrypted ledger, in which identities can be validated and choices made, can even be applied to rock and roll.

  • The Market Mogul

    Votem CEO, Pete Martin, adds that blockchain is ‘fault-tolerant, you cannot change the past, you cannot hack the present, you cannot alter the access to the system, every node with access can see the exact same results, and every vote can be irrefutably traced to its source.’

  • Government Technology

    Over three months later, time is running out in order to put new voting technology and processes in place for upcoming elections in 2018 and beyond. So what election solutions hold the most promise? Many experts believe that blockchain technology offers new hope for electronic voting and even mobile (or online) voting. What actions are being taken now?

  • Nasdaq

    Don Tapscott, co-author of the bestselling book Blockchain Revolution, announced the formation of the Blockchain Research Institute whose founding members include: Votem, Accenture, IBM, SAP, Digital Asset, NASDAQ, PepsiCo, Centrica, Liberty Global, the Government of Ontario, University Health Network and blockchain pioneers Nuco, Paycase, Artlery, Cosmos, YouBase and WISeKey. This initial list is expected to grow and include members of governments, companies and organizations from around the world.

  • Smart Business

    Votem selected as best new upstart tech firm by Smart Business!