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 for political technologists. Speaking to our audience were Dr David Galindo (Senior Lecturer in Computer Security, University of Birmingham); Dr Sarah Meiklejohn (Reader in Computer … 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 friends about the impending doom she feels about finishing university. “It’s like I am standing on this cliff looking out into this huge foggy abyss”. … 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 countries. We forget that for us, democracy is thoroughly entrenched in society from voter to parliamentarian. In other parts of the world where democracy is … 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. In what is widely regarded as a controversial set of elections to vote in a new legislative body called the National Constituent Assembly which has … 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 of being a soldier in our nation's military. Members of the armed forces put their safety before our own to represent and defend the nation … Continue reading Defending our democracy, but denied access to it?
By Areeq Chowdhury. Today, two out of three people will not turn out to vote in the Local Council and Devolved Mayoral elections taking place across England, Wales, and Scotland. There are many reasons for this, but something that would be sure to help increase participation in future is the introduction of online voting. Our … Continue reading Our democracy is so dated, it’s expired
By Christopher Walsh. With similar legal systems and a wide degree of cultural intelligibility, the UK can look to Ireland for efforts in reforming remote-based voting. In an era of unforeseeable disruption in the polling industry, it is necessary to reinvigorate the minds of the electorate and provide a platform for the contemporary e-voter. This … Continue reading Online voting: Movements in Ireland
By James Clark. The United States of America has the ingenuity and will power to facilitate voting for astronauts on board the International Space Station as Shane Kimbrough proved most recently participating in the 2016 Presidential election. It seems both remarkable and disappointing that British soldiers, stationed across the globe (but not above it) are … Continue reading Fighting for democracy: Online voting for the Armed Forces?
By Areeq Chowdhury. As we move towards building “a democracy that works for everyone”, we cannot afford to overlook the fact that our method of voting is an analogue one. At the same time that more and more people are switching towards a digital by default lifestyle with their method of banking, shopping, dating, and … Continue reading Reimagine elections: Enabling a democracy that works for everyone
By Areeq Chowdhury. Last week, the Government published its long-awaited digital ‘transformation strategy’ which in the words of Cabinet Office Minister, Ben Gummer MP, aims to tackle the ‘disenchantment’ emanating from the ‘frustrations’ of Government services. Ending his foreword, he states that ‘if we succeed, which we must, we will have done much to restore … Continue reading The Government Transformation Strategy is yet another missed opportunity for digitalising democracy