Voting online made possible with selfie recognition technology
Selfies could be used to verify the identity of voters using a new facial-recognition system from electronic voting technology company Smartmatic.
The company has developed what it describes as “the first secure online-voting solution where the voter’s identity is verified with a selfie”.
Online-voting programmes have been plagued with difficulties about voter identities due to the difficulties in verifying that whoever is voting is really the person eligible to vote, and also in guaranteeing that each person can vote only once.
Smartmatic’s system creates a “secure digital identity” for voters prior to the actual vote being cast. Part of the registration process includes taking a facial image that is then checked with a selfie before casting their vote online.
“We are proud to be presenting this class-leading solution that seamlessly integrates online authentication and voting, thereby empowering election authorities to successfully address the challenges of remote voting and voter eligibility assurance. With our solution, you can vote online securely with a selfie,” said Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic’s CEO.
The company’s online-voting system, TIVI, uses facial biometrics to allow voters to authenticate themselves using their smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop.
Integrating biometric authentication with online voting eliminates the risk of voter impersonation and guarantees that only eligible voters have access to the system and can successfully cast their vote.
TIVI is claimed to be the only online voting system that allows universal digital verifiability to prove the integrity of the vote, from the point of casting up to the counting central facility. Utilising advanced cryptographic techniques and a Blockchain-based ballot box, it guarantees voter privacy, vote security and vote integrity.
Earlier this year, Uganda joined the list of many African nations making the move towards a biometric standard of voting, using fingerprint scanning to bring greater transparency to the election process.
Facial-recognition technology is also being used for security purposes with New York’s JFK Airport introducing a system in January to verify passenger identities against their passport photo.