By Areeq Chowdhury. Social media relays in black and white text the best and worst messages about the world. These messages are sent directly to us in our homes on … Continue reading A Civil Internet Tax
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
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
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
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
Political advertising has got smarter – but have we? Lush and Fat Rat Films have released a quirky drama-documentary, combining expert interviews with the likes of Guardian journalist, Carole Cadwalladr, … Continue reading Are mind-reading algorithms stealing our democracy?
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