As the Election Commission of India discussed the possibility of blockchain-based remote voting in a series of webinars on Monday, Telangana’s IT Secretary suggested that facial recognition was a good way to authenticate the identity of a voter, and that the device on which the recognition will take place can be “pre-registered”. “Say if I’m using my phone to do the voting, let it be pre-registered so that the phone number and the IMEI number can also get tagged to the voter ID. We can also make sure that one phone can be used only by two voters so that we don’t run into the problem of proxy voting,” Ranjan said. Ranjan also spoke about a facial recognition service which is used by pensioners in the state, and said that this could be a model that the Election Commission could consider emulating. “We have created a solution which uses AI to recognise liveness, deep learning to do image comparison, and big data to do demographic matching. So the pensioner doesn’t need to go anywhere, and using a mobile app, he has to load a picture of himself — a real picture, a selfie,” he said. “AI is used to detect whether it is a live selfie or not, and if someone is just sending the image of a picture. Then that selfie is matched with an image which is already available, and we have trained this machine learning. Now we are getting 98% accuracy. 35,000 pensioners have started using this…
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