Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can

By Areeq Chowdhury & Oliver Sidorczuk. Fake news, cyber-trolls, echo chamber. We're in a new era. An era where digital technology has a tangible impact on our lives and in our politics. It's 'Democracy 2.0'. Although there are so many possibilities, we need to understand and clamp down on the abuse, in order to exploit … Continue reading Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can

REPORT: The Government must focus on political education in schools to tackle the rise of fake news

Teenagers should be taught to critically analyse what they read on the internet to help tackle the rise of ‘fake news’, the Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) has said in its latest report. The recommendation – made as part of a report to mark the two-year anniversary of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy - … Continue reading REPORT: The Government must focus on political education in schools to tackle the rise of fake news

John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

The former head of MI6 has today warned against the adoption of online voting in elections citing fears of 'international cyber warfare'. Speaking to the BBC, Sir John Sawers said: "The more things that go online, the more susceptible you are to cyber attacks. The only trouble is, the younger generation of people expect to be … Continue reading John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

Voter ID checks are welcome but will do nothing to increase engagement

The UK Government have formally announced plans to pilot ID checks at polling stations across England. Announcing the move, the Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore MP said: "Voting is one of the most important transactions you can make as an individual. In many transactions you need a proof of ID. I'm determined to ensure, when … Continue reading Voter ID checks are welcome but will do nothing to increase engagement

Government announce plans to undertake ID checks at polling stations

The UK Government is to pilot schemes in which voters will have to present identification before casting their ballots in elections. Should these be successful, the reform will be rolled out ready for the 2020 General Election. The move follows a report by former Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, which explored voter fraud. The report … Continue reading Government announce plans to undertake ID checks at polling stations

Constituency boundary changes: A missed opportunity?

By Marcus Edwards. The constituency boundary changes are a necessary measure to equalise the number of voters in each constituency. This is a positive step towards a more representative and true democracy.  If we are focused however on changing our democracy for the better in time for the 2020 election, then there are many more … Continue reading Constituency boundary changes: A missed opportunity?

London is headed towards democratic dysfunction in 2020

By Areeq Chowdhury. 2016 witnessed a memorable moment of history for the UK’s capital city when Sadiq Khan was elected the first Muslim Mayor of London.  An outsider when he announced his candidacy, Khan managed to defeat his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith by more than 300,000 votes, gaining the largest personal mandate of any politician … Continue reading London is headed towards democratic dysfunction in 2020