A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

By Areeq Chowdhury. The Government has finally published its long-awaited white paper on ‘online harms’. There are a lot of good and welcome proposals within it, however, ‘tax’ (which should … Continue reading A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

New survey finds that EU citizens support online voting and want social media transparency

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

The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce

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

REPORT: Tax social media giants to fund anti-discrimination campaigns

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

Government: Disabled voters too ‘vulnerable’ to be trusted with online voting despite popular demand

The UK Government has rejected the request from a number disability charities and voters with disabilities to pilot an online voting option in elections. Following last year’s consultation ‘Access to … Continue reading Government: Disabled voters too ‘vulnerable’ to be trusted with online voting despite popular demand

A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty

By Areeq Chowdhury. Is it time to nationalise Facebook? Recently, social media platforms have transformed from a space to socialise, share photos, and stare at memes, to a centre of … Continue reading A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty

USA, UK, Japan and Russia latest countries to consider introducing online voting for elections

A number of countries, including the USA, UK, Japan and Russia, are considering the potential of introducing an online voting option for elections. Should they do so, they would follow … Continue reading USA, UK, Japan and Russia latest countries to consider introducing online voting for elections

Aberdeen City Council begin tender process for an online voting platform

Aberdeen City Council has put out a procurement notice inviting bids for a contract to provide an online voting platform for elections. Alongside tenders for postal voting services and electronic … Continue reading Aberdeen City Council begin tender process for an online voting platform

Obama reiterates support for move towards online voting in elections

Former US President, Barack Obama, has reiterated his support for a move towards online voting in elections arguing that voting should be made “easier than harder”. Speaking at the Oktane18 … Continue reading Obama reiterates support for move towards online voting in elections

Are mind-reading algorithms stealing our democracy?

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?