Low voter turnouts should be a symbol of shame for a ‘leading democracy’

By Areeq Chowdhury. How far must voter turnout fall before it’s considered to be a crisis? The turnouts of 51% and 37% in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent should be a symbol of shame for a country that is supposed to be a shining light of democracy. It’s highly likely that the conditions brought about by Storm … Continue reading Low voter turnouts should be a symbol of shame for a ‘leading democracy’

The Government Transformation Strategy is yet another missed opportunity for digitalising democracy

By Areeq Chowdhury. Last week, the Government published its long-awaited digital ‘transformation strategy’ which in the words of Cabinet Office Minister, Ben Gummer MP, aims to tackle the ‘disenchantment’ emanating from the ‘frustrations’ of Government services. Ending his foreword, he states that ‘if we succeed, which we must, we will have done much to restore … Continue reading The Government Transformation Strategy is yet another missed opportunity for digitalising democracy

UK Election Administrators vote 57% in support of online voting option

57% of delegates at the UK's Association of Election Administrators' (AEA) Annual Conference have voted in support of introducing an online voting option in elections. Taking place this week in Brighton, the Conference brings together election administrators from across the UK. Altogether, 64% voted to support online voting in one form or another. The leading … Continue reading UK Election Administrators vote 57% in support of online voting option

Write-up: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission

By Ben Pearson. On the 26th January 2017, the Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) launched it's most recent report, Democracy 2.0, in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. Alongside our panel discussion with Areeq Chowdhury (IDD), Hannah Bardell MP (SNP), Emma Mulqueeny OBE (Digital Democracy Commission), and Carl Miller (Centre for the Analysis of Social Media), … Continue reading Write-up: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission

Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can

By Areeq Chowdhury & Oliver Sidorczuk. Fake news, cyber-trolls, echo chamber. We're in a new era. An era where digital technology has a tangible impact on our lives and in our politics. It's 'Democracy 2.0'. Although there are so many possibilities, we need to understand and clamp down on the abuse, in order to exploit … Continue reading Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can

REPORT: The Government must focus on political education in schools to tackle the rise of fake news

Teenagers should be taught to critically analyse what they read on the internet to help tackle the rise of ‘fake news’, the Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) has said in its latest report. The recommendation – made as part of a report to mark the two-year anniversary of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy - … Continue reading REPORT: The Government must focus on political education in schools to tackle the rise of fake news

John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

The former head of MI6 has today warned against the adoption of online voting in elections citing fears of 'international cyber warfare'. Speaking to the BBC, Sir John Sawers said: "The more things that go online, the more susceptible you are to cyber attacks. The only trouble is, the younger generation of people expect to be … Continue reading John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption