Events

Upcoming events

Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media

Tuesday 24th April 2018, Newspeak House.

WebRoots Democracy invites you to an evening seminar taking place at Newspeak House, the community space for political technologists, in Shoreditch.

With the recent fall out from the Cambridge Analytica files and the growing interest in so-called ‘dark’ political advertising, fake news, and unfettered online abuse; Governments around the world have been attempting to regulate social media platforms and hold them to account. Should it be done? What can practically be enforced?What would be the implications?

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Join us to listen, learn, and question on the 24th of April.

Speakers to be announced. Register for tickets here.

Online Voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project.

WebRoots Democracy invites you to an afternoon seminar taking place in Committee Room 17, House of Commons.

In the UK, both the Scottish and Welsh Governments have committed to undertake pilots of online voting in elections, but what lessons can we learn from other countries across the world?

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The state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia introduced remote online voting in the 2011 State General Election and has been implementing it in various elections ever since.

Ian Brightwell was the Chief Information Officer and Director for IT at the NSW Electoral Commission. He led the NSW iVote project at the 2011 and 2015 General Elections, and will be speaking about Australia’s experience of online voting.

Join us to listen, learn, and question on the 8th of May.

Further speakers are to be announced. Register for tickets here.

Tuesday 8th May 2018, House of Commons.

Past events

Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote

Tuesday 20th February 2018, House of Commons.

This was an evening seminar focusing on the women that were still denied the vote in 1918 and explored current voting behaviour and political representation across class, gender, and ethnic divides in 2018.

The event was chaired by Fahmida Rahman (WebRoots Democracy) and panelists included Dawn Butler MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities); Cllr Abena Oppong-Asare (London Borough of Bexley); Rachael Gibbons (Working Class Heroes, RECLAIM Project); and Neema Begum (PhD Researcher in Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour, University of Bristol).

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A write-up of the event can be read here.

Did Russia hack the referendum?

Monday 22nd January 2018, Newspeak House.

This was an evening seminar examining the strength behind the allegations that Russia attempted to interfere online with the 2016 EU referendum and with Western democracies more generally.

Speakers included Alexander J. Martin (Technology Reporter, Sky News) and Dr Gianluca Stringhini (Senior Lecturer in Security and Crime Science, University College London).

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A write-up of the event can be read here.

Blockchain and its applications for democracy

Wednesday 6th December 2017, Newspeak House.

This was an evening seminar exploring how blockchain technology works and how it can be applied for democratic purposes.

Speakers included Dr David Galindo (University of Birmingham); Dr Sarah Meiklejohn (UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies); Dr Bingsheng Zhang (Lancaster University); and Hanane Boujemi (UN Internet Rights and Principles Coalition).

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A write-up of the event can be read here.

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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