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.
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Judges should decide which prisoners can retain the right to vote
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 … Continue reading 2019 will be a landmark year in the disinformation war