Coronavirus: Local election turnouts may hit record low with two million predicted to stay at home

The upcoming local elections in the UK may suffer turnouts as low as 21% as more than two million voters may stay at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, according … Continue reading Coronavirus: Local election turnouts may hit record low with two million predicted to stay at home

New Zealand PM: “We need to see the beginning of online voting”

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has called for online voting to be trialed in future elections, criticising the inefficiency of postal voting. In an interview with Stuff, Ardern said “we … Continue reading New Zealand PM: “We need to see the beginning of online voting”

Conservative leadership candidate backs online voting for elections

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

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

New survey finds that EU citizens support online voting and want social media transparency

A major new survey by the European Commission with 27,000 respondents has found that online voting would be the most preferred method of voting for citizens living in another EU … Continue reading New survey finds that EU citizens support online voting and want social media transparency

The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce

By Areeq Chowdhury. In the budget this week, Philip Hammond has announced the introduction of a new ‘digital services tax’, first hinted at in his party conference speech in Birmingham. … Continue reading The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce

REPORT: Tax social media giants to fund anti-discrimination campaigns

A new report, Kinder, Gentler Politics, published this week, is calling on the UK Government to introduce a ‘Civil Internet Tax’ on large social media platforms to fund initiatives to tackle the … Continue reading REPORT: Tax social media giants to fund anti-discrimination campaigns