Smartmatic, world leader in the automation of elections, and Cybernetica, the Estonian R&D lab that built the original Internet voting system used in Estonia, have created a first-of-a-kind Centre for Excellence to study and develop Internet voting on a global scale.
It’s called the Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting, and has been created as a multidisciplinary centre of research and development. Its goal will be to study and develop the process of voting over the Internet from all angles: social, political, organisational, procedural and technological.
“Estonia has been at the leading edge of Internet voting for years and is widely acknowledged as pioneers in the field. They are the only country in the world where all voters can choose to vote over the Internet securely. When we were looking at investing in the future of Internet voting, it made a lot of sense to go to the source of the world’s best experience”, said Paul Babic, Chief Strategy Officer at Smartmatic.
Estonia was the first country in the world to adopt Internet voting as a tool, and as many as 30% of Estonian voters have voted online in six general elections over the last ten years.