Blockchain is the key technology which unlocks Agora’s mission of spreading secure and transparent elections around the world.
Blockchain provides a trustless, digital and decentralized method of generating cryptographically secure records, which also preserve the anonymity of participants while remaining open to public inspection. Applied to voting, blockchain ensures that votes are recorded accurately, transparently, permanently and securely.
Our digital voting solution runs on a custom blockchain that has been in development since 2015. It was designed to answer voting requirements and reflect values of democracy and fairness in its architecture.
Improving elections accessibility
Our consensus mechanism offers high throughput and efficient transaction validation while allowing even resource-constrained clients such as mobile phones to participate.
Enabling nodes equality
Unlike other consensus mechanisms such as proof-of-work, it is decorrelated from our financial model. Because there is no incentive to hold more tokens to provide consensus it ensures that all nodes are equal in the network.
Learn more in our Whitepaper.
Unique participatory security infrastructure
To ensure the maximum level of security while allowing anyone, anywhere to verify election results, Agora’s system combines the most advanced level of cryptography with a two layers participatory consensus security infrastructure. A global community of node operators organized following a hybrid permission/permission-less model is incentivized to verify election results by the VOTE token.
1. Consensus Nodes
A permission and distributed network of selected politically neutral third-party organizations providing consensus and processing transactions on Agora's blockchain.
2. Citizen Auditor Nodes
A global decentralized network of trustless nodes which watches and verifies that the consensus is processed correctly.
Learn more in our Tokenomics document.