ZorroSign CEO submitted testimony to U.S. House Homeland Security CommitteeBlockchain technology can help make electronic voting more secure, safer and auditable, while protecting the integrity of U.S. elections
Thursday, September 03, 2020 – Phoenix, AZ — Shamsh Hadi, CEO of ZorroSign, Inc. submitted testimony last month to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. Hadi reinforced the benefits of blockchain and its critical role in helping to secure U.S. elections while making them safer and auditable, protecting their integrity.
“Blockchain technology can be employed by voting machine vendors across the country to significantly enhance and upgrade the security and reliability of electronic voting systems,” noted Hadi in testimony submitted in August to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation. ZorroSign is a pioneer of real electronic signature and a patented document fraud and tampering detection system built on blockchain.
On August 4, 2020 the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on, “Secure, Safe, and Auditable: Protecting the Integrity of the 2020 Elections.” Mr. Hadi’s written testimony will be part of the committee’s official hearing record. The hearing was held as part of the committee’s ongoing effort to develop a better understanding on how blockchain technology can benefit the election process.
“Throughout my career in the high-tech industry, and especially through my work as CEO of a technology company that lives and breathes data and security, I have come to learn that blockchain can and should be an essential component to any election security framework,” said Hadi in his testimony. Mr. Hadi also pointed to a February 2019 paper on blockchain issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that concluded that blockchain is “…an ideal candidate to record and secure data exchanges.”
Hadi noted that, “blockchain has a very real and pertinent application when it comes to electronic voting: voter registration, personal identity, and voting records,” he also explained, “blockchain is important because it has unique qualities that set it apart from other transaction database management systems. Specifically, blockchain is being used today in private, permissions-based decentralized systems that are secure, trusted and automated with standards that can now surpass bank grade security. Ultimately, blockchain technology helps make digital transactions more secure, faster and less expensive.”
Hadi went on to say, “blockchain can and should be utilized by electronic voting systems to store the voting record of each voter. If the goal is to ensure that our elections in 2020 are true, fair and honest, then recording each voter’s voting record on blockchain where the record cannot be altered is highly recommended. Blockchain technology could help centralize the U.S. election process by validating the voter, and making counting votes more secure and efficient because the ledger would clearly identify who voted and where the vote came from.”
“The thoughtful and intentional employment of blockchain within electronic voting systems in the U.S. would protect the fabric of our democracy and maintain confidence in the integrity of our elections,” summarized Hadi.
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