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During a Twitter question and answer session, Conservative leadership candidate and current Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, said that enabling people to vote online in elections “must be possible”. Responding to a question about allegations of postal vote fraud in the recent Peterborough by-election, Mr Hunt replied: “We need to crack this. But the real … Continue reading Conservative leadership candidate backs online voting for 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
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
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