IT security

At the latest with the occurrence of corona, the question of IT security in virtual voting has become even more important. We are repeatedly being asked how we protect the data of eligible voters and improve the security of voting. So we put the question to somebody who should know: Our colleague Vasko Hristov has been a member of the POLYAS data protection team for a long time and is an expert on IT security.

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Blockchain vs Bulletin Boards

The blockchain encryption technology provides the trust that people need in the virtual currency Bitcoin. But does using blockchain make sense for e-voting too? POLYAS relies on a similar but more flexible solution: the bulletin board. This post explains the reasons behind this decision.

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POLYAS Nomination Platform

In recent months, the POLYAS team has worked intensively on developing a new product—the POLYAS Nomination Platform. Just what the platform can do, what is so special about the nomination tool, and other features that are eagerly awaited are revealed to us in an interview with product owner Elisa Utterodt. Continue reading

Virtual elections in parties

Postal elections are experiencing a breakthrough. The pandemic means that growing numbers of people are in favor of postal voting. However, there is an alternative: Virtual elections such as digital membership polling in parties. In this blog post, we outline the legal situation with virtual elections and the opportunities that arise for parties. Continue reading

Digitisation in Europe - How the pandemic is driving the digital world of work

The Covid-19 pandemic is turning the working world upside down. Recent weeks and months have seen radical changes to the way that work is conceived and organized in companies, associations, trade unions and other institutions. What was previously unthinkable is now a part of everyday digital working: Virtual meetings, home office, digital conferences and online polls. In this article, we explore the effects of this radical change, how big the change is, and the opportunities that come with the push for digitalization. Continue reading

For many companies, associations, cooperatives and other institutions, virtual meetings and web conferences are already a part of day-to-day business. And yet right now, when mobility is severely restricted due to the spread of the corona virus, the need for software solutions for daily working and also for democratic polling is on the rise. Find out how meetings with polling can be held online—read this post. Continue reading

The demand for postal voting is growing continuously—not least because of the current lockdown situation. The Federal Returning Officer in Germany is critical of this development and sees compliance with the electoral principles at risk. POLYAS regards the security of remote voting systems, such as postal and online voting, as an essential factor for compliance with voting principles. But how secure are these two remote voting systems? You can find out more in this post. Continue reading

digital DCU party conference

The CDU held a fully digital party conference for the first time in January 2021. The new CDU leader, Armin Laschet, was elected by 1,001 delegates using the POLYAS Live Voting. How the German party managed to prepare its party congress within 5 weeks and the situations it had to deal with were discussed in the interview with Dr. Stefan Hennewig, the national managing director of the CDU. Continue reading

Digital Voting with POLYAS

The CDU implemented the first fully digital national party conference and set new standards with digital voting. This was the first time that POLYAS Live Voting was used to help the 1,001 delegates conduct a secure vote from the comfort of their homes. Continue reading

Since the pandemic, more and more people have decided to use online voting. But how do I set up a digital election and what is there to consider? Should I set up an online voting, live voting or an online nomination instead? And what’s the situation with an online voting project? Lorenz and his POLYAS Support #Team have the right answers to all of these questions. Continue reading

POLYAS founder Kai Reinhard

The year 2020 will linger in our memories for a long time to come. Challenges were managed, hurdles were overcome and stress limits were tested. We employees at POLYAS have also learned a lot and have outgrown ourselves—despite working from home. But how did our managing director and POLYAS founder Kai Reinhard experience this year? […]

POLYAS review 2020

2020 is unlikely to be a year that we forgot in a hurry. The effects of the corona pandemic were a major challenge for the POLYAS team. But it quickly became clear: Co-determination cannot be put on hold, and the need for digital democracy has never been greater. Continue reading