- The news agency The Associated Press (AP) signed an agreement with the startup Everipedia to generate a database on blockchain to help them record the results of the US elections.
- This database will be built on the Oracle Chainlink blockchain.
- AP employees will be working from various voting centers, town halls and secretariat offices throughout the country following the step by step of the elections.
The tech startup Everipedia announced that he has signed an agreement with the United States news agency, The Associated Press (AP), with the aim of distributing and recording in a blockchain-based database, the results of the United States elections via the Oracle Chainlink Distributed Network (LINK).
Lto company indicated that he plans to provide electoral calls through the Oracle-as-a-service platform, which is powered by Chainlink.
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This integration guarantees that the published data on the various official Everipedia channels, be shaped directly in the internal system of the news agency.
“The Everipedia Chainlink node will provide smart contract access to US election data, backed by a crypto proof that can be used for the purpose of verifying that our node’s data comes directly from the original Associated Press API to which Everipedia has exclusive and authenticated access”Stated the company it’s a statement.
The collaboration between these two institutions will have in your hands more than seven thousand calls for elections state and national, which will be registered in a chain of blocks, with a user interface of public access that shows the results.
The database of Everipedia works on top of the cryptocurrency-based blockchain protocol, EOS, the fourteenth largest blockchain network by market capitalization, according to the real-time digital asset market capitalization ranking portal, historical prices and charts, Nomics, however, race calls will be registered on the Ethereum blockchain.
The union with Associated Press is relevant, taking into account the fact that the news agency has counted the votes in the various national, state and local elections in the 50 states that make up the United States since 1848.
In this way, by taking advantage of the agreement with Everipedia and Chainlink’s decentralized infrastructure, AP will be able to sign and publish electoral data simultaneously on multiple blockchains, thus providing strong guarantees of verifiable and tamper-proof electoral results records.
For its part, technology company, publish the final results declared by AP, after enough votes are counted, as noted by the news organization’s current director of business, environmental, social and government licensing and data, Dwayne Desaulniers.
“For us this is different and very interesting. We have been watching very closely to see how our work can be applied to this medium. It has been good working with Everipedia, a strong partnership. We do the race calls, they do the technical things“.
On the other hand, the news agency will call for presidential elections, Senate, House of Representatives, state and local, through a procedure that could be extended from a few hours to days, since this period will depend on how the election officials report results.
“We will look at the data and whenever we see enough complete data, that includes all the [boletas] sent by mail and all votes. Whenever our race participants decide to declare a winner, they will”Desaulniers said.
Approximately four thousand AP employees will be working from various voting centers, town halls and secretariat offices throughout the country following the step by step of the elections.
As information begins to arrive and figures, these employees will begin to record the results of voting in a internal system, which will be constantly updated. Saying system will compare the collected results, with similar data two, four and six years ago, with the aim of avoiding major mistakes.
In turn, these data will be redirected to race callers, people who are familiar with the politics of the region they are in and who will compare current data with historical data and with the internal models that AP builds to declare whether certain races and when.
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While this is the first time results of the elections generated by the news agency will be registered through the technology of block chain, the company has already worked previously with other initiatives of block chains, an example of this is that two years ago, AP tried to license articles with the now defunct blockchain journalism startup, Civil.
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