WebRoots Democracy is a youth-led think tank focused on the intersection of technology and democratic participation. We’re aiming to help modernise, enhance, and future-proof democracy in the United Kingdom.
More than 30 leading academics and charity bosses have written to the Scottish Government urging them to undertake pilots of online voting for elections. The letter comes as the Scottish Government consults on various electoral reforms including the potential of an online voting option for elections. The group of signatories, led by WebRoots Democracy, set … Continue reading Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting
On the 7th of March 2018, Sierra Leone’s electorate went to the polls to vote in the ‘world’s first’ blockchain-based Presidential election. Blockchain is the ledger technology that underpins the renown cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. The experiment involved voters casting ballots at polling stations, with the votes being recorded manually to the blockchain by Agora, a Swiss … Continue reading Sierra Leone undertake world’s first blockchain-based Presidential election
Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into democracy argues SNP MSP, Ruth Maguire, during a debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government is consulting on the reform, following its commitment to pilot the technology. Speaking in favour of the reform, Maguire said: “We can all agree that democracy works only when … Continue reading MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy
By Tess Woolfenden. This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act – the act that extended the vote to women in Britain for the first time in history. While this marked an historic and important shift towards electoral equality in Britain, many women continued to be denied the vote … Continue reading Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918