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?
By Areeq Chowdhury. In the first of our series of topical seminars, WebRoots Democracy explored blockchain and its applications for democracy. This took place at Newspeak House, a London-based institution … Continue reading Blockchain and its applications for democracy
By Rachel Fielden. There is a scene in the famous TV show Gilmore Girls in which one of the main characters, Rory Gilmore, cries on the bathroom floor to her … Continue reading My time interning at WebRoots Democracy
By Frank Kibble. The discussion about digital democracy often focuses on how technology can transform the way people are engaged with politics here in Britain or in other strongly developed … Continue reading La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru
By Areeq Chowdhury. It’s not often that you hear applause for e-voting for strengthening the trust and security in elections, but in Venezuela this week we have seen precisely that. … Continue reading Venezuela: A rigged election uncovered thanks to electronic voting
By Rachel Fielden. Whether you agree with British foreign policy or not, it is hard to deny the sheer amount of self-sacrifice, dedication and bravery that goes into the role … Continue reading Defending our democracy, but denied access to it?