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Mock e-voting trial to take place in Gateshead during local council elections

A mock trial of electronic voting is to take place in Gateshead, near Newcastle, during the 2019 local council elections. The trial is being undertaken by academics with the permission and co-operation of Gateshead Council and has been approved by the University of Warwick’s ethics committee. Professor Feng Hao, from the Department of Computer Science … Continue reading Mock e-voting trial to take place in Gateshead during local council elections

A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

By Areeq Chowdhury. The Government has finally published its long-awaited white paper on ‘online harms’. There are a lot of good and welcome proposals within it, however, ‘tax’ (which should play a central role in the fight against online harms) is mentioned just once in the entire 37,000 word document. Internet platforms, whilst having the … Continue reading A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

Judges should decide which prisoners can retain the right to vote

By Areeq Chowdhury. In 2005, the European Court of Human Rights declared that the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners voting in elections was illegal and violated human rights. A 12-year stand-off ensued and the UK Government came to a compromise allowing those on temporary release and at home under curfew to vote in elections. But … Continue reading Judges should decide which prisoners can retain the right to vote

2019 will be a landmark year in the disinformation war

By Areeq Chowdhury. Fake news, Russian bots, data manipulation. If you think western democracy has been in freefall since the Trump/Brexit earthquake of 2016, brace yourself because that was just the beginning. The real nosedive will begin in 2019. Bot architects, fake news peddlers, and psychographic analysts have spent the past few years learning the … Continue reading 2019 will be a landmark year in the disinformation war

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