Blockchain is an emerging technology that’s gaining traction around the world–but many people still don’t understand what blockchain is, what it can do, or what its true implications are for the future. Is Bitcoin the same thing as blockchain? Is blockchain secure and reliable? What is the purpose of blockchain? How will blockchain impact supply chains, healthcare, the government, and more? These are some of the many questions investigated within Skye Learning's new course, A Manager’s Guide to Blockchain.
Adam Ernest is a subject matter expert for Skye’s blockchain course who brings a wealth of information and visionary leadership to the course. Ernest is the Director of Operations at Vital Digital Group as well as the Founder and CEO of Follow My Vote, an end-to-end verifiable, open-source, blockchain-based voting software development firm.
So what does that really mean?
Follow My Vote has a clear vision for the future of voting: they want to bring the voting ballot fully online by leveraging blockchain technology. According to Follow My Vote, they can achieve this without compromising security and privacy. In fact, their system could potential eliminate voter fraud, improve efficiency, and ensure each vote is counted–all while letting you vote from your couch.
Below, Ernest describes the benefits of blockchain voting, including the ability to independently verify that your vote has been cast and to verify the election's results, potential leading to fully transparent elections:
The idea of blockchain voting is gaining momentum in the U.S. In fact, blockchain voting is a major component of Democrat Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. There are ongoing concerns about the security and reliability of blockchain, but Wang, as well as Ernest, believe these fears are unsubstantiated and the technology is misunderstood.
Yang states on his campaign website, "It is 100% technically possible to have fraud-proof voting on our mobile phones today using the blockchain. This would revolutionize true democracy and increase participation to include all Americans–those without smartphones could use the legacy system and lines would be very short.” This concept aligns with the mission of Follow My Vote, whose software could potentially make blockchain voting a reality.
Interested in hearing more from Adam Ernest? Enroll in A Manager’s Guide to Blockchain today! Certify your knowledge of exciting new technologies by earning the full Certificate in Emerging Technology for Managers. Plus, stay tuned for future updates about Follow My Vote, and visit followmyvote.com to learn more.