UK Government should pilot online voting for the Armed Forces abroad

An online voting option in elections should be introduced for British military personnel posted overseas, according to a new report 'Military Voting' published today. The report, produced by digital democracy think tank, WebRoots Democracy, brings together voices of election experts and military representatives and outlines how members of the Armed Forces face significant barriers when … Continue reading UK Government should pilot online voting for the Armed Forces abroad

Electoral Commission: Online voter registration has “transformed” access to elections

The move towards online voter registration has "transformed" access to elections in Great Britain and should be implemented in Northern Ireland "as soon as possible" according to the Electoral Commission. Figures released in their report on voter registration in the 2017 UK General Election shows a record number of voters enrolled onto the electoral register … Continue reading Electoral Commission: Online voter registration has “transformed” access to elections

Write-up: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission

By Ben Pearson. On the 26th January 2017, WebRoots Democracy (WRD) launched it's most recent report, Democracy 2.0, in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. Alongside our panel discussion with Areeq Chowdhury (WRD), Hannah Bardell MP (SNP), Emma Mulqueeny OBE (Digital Democracy Commission), and Carl Miller (Centre for the Analysis of Social Media), we held an … Continue reading Write-up: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission

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

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

Institute for Digital Democracy launched to ‘transform the way voters experience politics’

The Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) – the first think tank to specifically explore opportunities for the digitalisation of British politics – will launch this Wednesday (12th October) from the House of Commons. Endorsed by a cross-party coalition of policy-makers, the think tank will reveal its research plans along with details of its Advisory Council … Continue reading Institute for Digital Democracy launched to ‘transform the way voters experience politics’

UK Labour leader commits to introducing a ‘digital democracy’

UK Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has pledged that if elected under his leadership, the Labour Party will use digital advances to improve access to political information and engagement. This morning, the Labour Leader launched his 'Digital Democracy Manifesto' from Newspeak House in Shoreditch. In his speech, Corbyn discussed the current need to "democratise the internet" and announced that Labour would … Continue reading UK Labour leader commits to introducing a ‘digital democracy’

Open letter: Youth organisations unite behind call for online voting

To the incoming Prime Minister, The UK has just finished taking part in its biggest democratic exercise for a generation. Overall voter turnout may have reached 72% but not amongst young people.  According to polling data, only 36% of young people aged 18 to 24 voted - significantly lower than the proportion that turned out … Continue reading Open letter: Youth organisations unite behind call for online voting

It’s not what we decide on Thursday that’s worrying me. It’s how.

By Nathalie Hulbert. Young people are being wrongfully underrepresented, and for no good reason. With the EU referendum fast approaching, it would appear that the younger and older generation are becoming increasingly polarised. Opinion polls conducted by the BBC reveal a truth that we already knew. A truth that is evident in the disparity between talking to our parents … Continue reading It’s not what we decide on Thursday that’s worrying me. It’s how.