POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Digital Key

A digital key consists of random strings, which combined with an algorithm convert data into coded text. The digital key thus "locks" the data. 

Types of digital keys
private digital key is used for locking sensitive data, so that only the person who has locked the data can unlock them. A private key can be used for the creation of a distinct, digital signature. This signature can be used by the recipient to confirm the correct identity of the sender/author. In order to prevent the abuse of a private key from third parties, it is can be provided only to its creator with a password. 

An open digital key is generated from a private key and can be given out to third parties which can then lock data that only the creator of the private key can unlock. 

Digital keys in online voting 
In POLYAS' online voting system, all data are stored and processed in coded form. This is how we ensure that data is secured and elections cannot be tampered with.

See also: Online Voting, iVoting, Block Checksums

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