The apps, books, movies, music, TV shows, and art are inspiring our some of the most creative people in business this month The struggles and triumphs of prominent women in leadership positions The major tech ecosystems that battle for our attention and dollars What’s next for hardware, software, and services Our annual guide to the businesses that matter the most Leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways New workplaces, new food sources, new medicine–even an entirely new economic system Celebrating the best ideas in business An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company’s distinctive lens Representatives from the Switzerland-based project, called Agora, served as outside observers at some polling sites for the election, which was conducted using the country’s traditional paper ballots. Along with other observer groups, Agora representatives were shown the cast ballots.

They used their equipment to record the votes to Agora’s proprietary blockchain, without voters needing to do any additional work, says Agora CEO Leonardo Gammar. “Nothing changed for them–they just go to the polling station and they put their votes in the boxes,” he says.

“They vote with their fingerprints–they put their fingerprints next to the photos of their candidates.” Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission posted a tweet emphasizing that it counts votes using its own database, based on Microsoft technology, not blockchain. And Tamba Lamin, the CEO of Lam-Tech, a Sierra Leone IT company developing its own open source election platform, denounced the Agora coverage as “fake news” in a Medium post.

“Agora is claiming undue credit for doing nothing that helped the people of Sierra Leone,” he wrote. — National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (@NECsalone) March 19, 2018 Amadu Massally, Lam-Tech COO and a Sierra Leone civil society activist, expressed similar concerns in a phone interview with Fast Company.

“First of all, we are not necessarily against blockchain technology, but we do feel like what Agora did was not truly represented, at least in their headlines,” he says. “We’d like for all others to be aware that we should not be capitalizing on poor nations to meet our organizational or self interests.” In a recent Medium post, Agora denied misrepresenting its role in the election. Read more from…

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