By Luke Cavanaugh. The new year brought with it news that Ciaran Martin, the founding head of the UK’s national cyber security unit, the NCSC, would be stepping down in … Continue reading Cybersecurity and digital democracy in 2020
By Maria Benlaiter. On January 21st, WebRoots Democracy hosted its first event of the new year, discussing the recent general election, fittingly at the Houses of Parliament. We were joined … Continue reading Disinformation and the 2019 UK General Election
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. 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
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
By Areeq Chowdhury. Is it time to nationalise Facebook? Recently, social media platforms have transformed from a space to socialise, share photos, and stare at memes, to a centre of … Continue reading A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty
By Tess Woolfenden. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the issue of social media regulation – or lack thereof – has been raised in mainstream public debate in … Continue reading Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media
By Areeq Chowdhury. The Cambridge Analytica debacle appears to be the straw that will break the camel’s back. The idea of data being unwittingly taken from users for the purpose … Continue reading With great power comes great regulation
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 … Continue reading Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918
By Ben Pearson. On January 22nd, WebRoots Democracy hosted a public seminar to explore claims about Russian interference in the EU referendum. To assess the evidence and shed some light … Continue reading Did Russia hack the referendum?
By Areeq Chowdhury. What if we could get rid of politicians and simply vote on everything ourselves? Why limit ourselves to referenda on independence movements, and not have referenda on … Continue reading The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting
By Areeq Chowdhury. 2017 has been a memorable year for our work advancing the digital democracy agenda in the UK. Starting work on WebRoots Democracy full-time has been incredibly challenging … Continue reading What happened in 2017?