Events

Upcoming events

Vote.Scot: Shaping the future of online voting in Scotland

June 2018, Scottish Parliament

WebRoots Democracy is hosting an invitation-only event at the Scottish Parliament in June about online voting and our Cratos Project. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with Areeq Chowdhury at areeq@webrootsdemocracy.org.

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Past events

Online Voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project.

Tuesday 8th May 2018, House of Commons.

This was an afternoon seminar learning about Australia’s experience with remote online voting with New South Wales’ iVote project.

Speaking at the event were Dr David Galindo who helped design the 2015 iVote system, and Ian Brightwell, the former Chief Information Officer of the New South Wales Electoral Commission.

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

Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media

Tuesday 24th April 2018, Newspeak House.

This was an evening seminar focusing on the potential of UK Government regulation of social media platforms in light of the Cambridge Analytica files, dark political advertising, fake news, and the rise in online abuse.

Panelists included Seyi Akiwowo (Founder, Glitch!UK), Darren Jones MP (Science and Technology Select Committee), Carl Miller (Research Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media), and Henna Zamurd-Butt (CEO and Editor of Media Diversified).

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

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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