The system uses “time-lock puzzles” to encrypt the contents of votes, making them unreadable until balloting has finished.
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Venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz, also known as A16z, has released a Solidity library that can be used for anonymous voting on Ethereum. Called “Cicada,” the library prevents an individual voter’s choice from being known before polling ends. When combined with zero-knowledge group membership systems like Semaphore, it can also make the identity of the voter permanently unknowable, according to a May 24 blog post from A16z engineer Michael Zhu.
Excited to announce Cicada: a new building block for private on-chain voting. https://t.co/hxE4KL4Se6
— moodle zoup (@moodlezoup) May 24, 2023
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Cicada relies on time-lock puzzles, a type of cryptography that allows users
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