Events

Upcoming events

Blockchain and its applications for democracy

Wednesday 6th December 2017, Newspeak House.

Blockchain (a digital, decentralised, public ledger of transactions) forms a core component of Bitcoin, the worldwide cryptocurrency, and is often talked about for its potential in other aspects of society.

Due to the secure and transparent nature of blockchain, it is touted as a concept that could be used for online voting platforms not just for representative elections, but for direct democracy, liquid democracy, and participatory budgeting.

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If you’re interested to find out more about blockchain and how it can be applied, join us to listen, ask questions, and learn on the 6th of December.

Speakers:

Dr David Galindo – Senior Lecturer in Computer Security, University of Birmingham
Dr Bingsheng Zhang – Lecturer in Cyber Security, Lancaster University
Hanane Boujemi – Internet Society Blockchain SIG, and Co-Chair of UN Internet Rights and Principles Coalition
Dr Sarah Meiklejohn – Lecturer in Computer Science, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Further speakers to be announced.

Spaces are limited and you will need to be on the guestlist in order to attend.

This event has sold out. Click here to join the waiting list.

Did Russia hack the referendum?

Friday 5th January 2018, Newspeak House.

The Brexit vote sent a shockwave through the political establishment in the UK and across the world, but there have been allegations that foreign states such as Russia tried to influence the vote. These include accusations of thousands of bots being set up to sow discord in order to destablise the European Union. Some Members of Parliament have even called for a judge-led inquiry into the possibility that Russia meddled with the referendum.

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But is it all true? And if it is, did it really have an impact on how people voted on Brexit? What can or should be done to guard against social media warfare in the future? Join us to listen, ask questions, and learn on the 5th of January.

Speakers are to be announced.

Register for tickets here.

Past events

Cost of Voting: Report Launch

Monday 6th November 2017, House of Commons.

This was a panel discussion exploring the findings of WebRoots Democracy’s Cost of Voting report published in November 2017.

The event was chaired by Anna Wallace, Director of Relations at PwC, and the panelists included Darren Jones MP (Labour Party); Dr Toby James (University of East Anglia); Mike Summers (Smartmatic); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Read a write-up of the event here.

Inclusive Voting: Panel Discussion

Wednesday 12th July 2017, House of Commons.

This was a panel discussion exploring the findings of WebRoots Democracy’s Inclusive Voting report published in June 2017.

The event was chaired by Rachel Fielden of WebRoots Democracy, and the panelists included Cat Smith MP (Labour Party); Baroness Sal Brinton (Liberal Democrats); Jonathan Bartley (Green Party); Sian Roberts (Electoral Reform Services); Ashar Smith (Creative Opportunities); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Read a write-up of the event here.

take back ctrl: digital democracy, post-brexit

Tuesday 23rd May 2017, Newspeak House.

This was WebRoots Democracy’s 3rd anniversary event, which focused on the future of digital democracy following the vote to leave the European Union.

Keynote speakers at the event were Douglas Carswell (former UKIP MP and co-founder of Vote Leave); Ed Dowding (Represent); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Speeches from the event can be found on our YouTube channel here.

Democracy 2.0: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission

Thursday 26th January 2017, House of Commons.

This was a panel discussion event exploring the findings of WebRoots Democracy’s Democracy 2.0 report and focused on the challenges for digital democracy since the Speaker’s Commission in 2015.

The event was chaired by Oliver Sidorczuk of WebRoots Democracy, and panelists included Hannah Bardell MP (Scottish National Party); Carl Miller (Centre for the Analysis of Social Media); Emma Mulqueeny OBE (Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Read a write-up of the event here.

Introducing the ‘Institute for Digital Democracy’

Wednesday 12th October 2016, House of Commons.

This was the re-launch event of WebRoots Democracy as a think tank focused on the intersection of technology and democratic participation.

The event was chaired by Joe Carton of WebRoots Democracy, and speakers included Matt Warman MP (Conservatives); Tom Brake MP (Liberal Democrats); Katherine Sladden (change.org); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Back to our WebRoots: How can #onlinevoting reinvigorate democracy?

Wednesday 25th May 2016, Google Campus London.

This was WebRoots Democracy’s 2nd anniversary event, which focused on the potential of online voting to boost democratic participation in the UK.

Keynote speakers at the event were Antonia Bance (Trades Union Congress); Ruksana Khanum (Royal London Society of the Blind); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Speeches from the event can be found on our YouTube channel here.

Secure Voting: Report Launch

Tuesday 26th January 2016, House of Commons.

This was a panel discussion exploring the findings of WebRoots Democracy’s Secure Voting report published in January 2016.

The event was chaired by Areeq Chowdhury of WebRoots Democracy, and panelists included Graham Allen MP (Labour, and Chair of the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee); Chloe Smith MP (Conservatives); Oliver Sidorczuk (Bite the Ballot); and Mete Coban (MyLifeMySay).

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Beyond 39%: Tackling low voter turnout in London Mayoral Elections

Monday 6th July 2015, House of Commons.

This was WebRoots Democracy’s 1st anniversary event, which focused on the low levels of participation in London Mayoral Elections.

The event was chaired by Areeq Chowdhury of WebRoots Democracy, and panelists included David Lammy MP (Labour); Cllr Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Kellner (YouGov); Mita Desai (British Youth Council); Ralph Scott (Demos); and Kenny Imafidon (Political commentator).

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Viral Voting: Report Launch

Tuesday 3rd March 2015, House of Commons.

This was a panel discussion exploring the findings of WebRoots Democracy’s Viral Voting report published in March 2015.

Speakers at the event included Chloe Smith MP (Conservatives); Jonathan Birdwell (Demos); and Areeq Chowdhury (WebRoots Democracy).

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Swipe Right to Vote: Can #onlinevoting future-proof elections?

Monday 17th November 2014, House of Commons.

This panel discussion was part of Parliament Week 2014, and focused on the potential of online voting for the UK.

The event was chaired by Areeq Chowdhury of WebRoots Democracy, and panelists included Chloe Smith MP (Conservatives); Amy Lamé (Broadcaster); Mike Summers (Smartmatic); Rachel Stroud (vInspired); and Mita Desai (British Youth Council).

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A recording of this event can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

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