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Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project

By Areeq Chowdhury. The potential of remote online voting is currently being looked at by both the Scottish and Welsh Governments in the UK, but what can be learned from the experiences of other countries? To find out, WebRoots Democracy organised an event in the House of Commons to explore New South Wales' (NSW) iVote … Continue reading Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project

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Blockchain-based, online voting pilot undertaken in West Virginia

An online voting pilot has taken place in West Virginia, USA, for military voters and other Americans eligible to cast absentee ballots under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Participation was restricted to voters registered in two of the state's 55 counties, Harrison and Monongalia. The trial took place during West Virginia's primary … Continue reading Blockchain-based, online voting pilot undertaken in West Virginia

Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media

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 the US and, to a lesser extent, here in the UK. The scandal – in which personal data from Facebook was harvested to create targeted … Continue reading Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media

The local elections and language discrimination

By Kasimir Rantzau. Democracy entails the diversity of society – it provides the privilege for all that are eligible to vote. It is the foundation for a free society. However, electoral discrimination is also a reality of democracy. A resilient discriminating factor are the hurdles placed for non-English speakers to exercise their full right to … Continue reading The local elections and language discrimination

With great power comes great regulation

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 of targeted advertising is nothing new, but the idea that it’s been done to contribute to the victory of Donald Trump, or perhaps Brexit, has … Continue reading With great power comes great regulation

Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

In response to a letter coordinated by WebRoots Democracy, the Scottish Government Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, reaffirmed their commitment to undertaking pilots of electronic voting. Our letter, co-signed by more than 30 leading academics and charity bosses, called upon the Scottish Government to "stay true to their commitment" to pilot online voting … Continue reading Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting

More than 30 leading academics and charity bosses have written to the Scottish Government urging them to undertake pilots of online voting for elections. The letter comes as the Scottish Government consults on various electoral reforms including the potential of an online voting option for elections. The group of signatories, led by WebRoots Democracy, set … Continue reading Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting

Updated: Sierra Leone undertake world’s first “blockchain-based” Presidential election

UPDATE (26/03/2018): Sierra Leone's Government have denied this story with TechCrunch reporting that Agora merely observed the vote and stored some of the results. Full story here. On the 7th of March 2018, Sierra Leone's electorate went to the polls to vote in the 'world's first' blockchain-based Presidential election. Blockchain is the ledger technology that … Continue reading Updated: Sierra Leone undertake world’s first “blockchain-based” Presidential election

MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy

Online voting will 'inject a new lease of life' into democracy argues SNP MSP, Ruth Maguire, during a debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government is consulting on the reform, following its commitment to pilot the technology. Speaking in favour of the reform, Maguire said: "We can all agree that democracy works only when … Continue reading MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy

Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918

By Tess Woolfenden. This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act – the act that extended the vote to women in Britain for the first time in history. While this marked an historic and important shift towards electoral equality in Britain, many women continued to be denied the vote … Continue reading Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918