The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

By Areeq Chowdhury. What if we could get rid of politicians and simply vote on everything ourselves? Why limit ourselves to referenda on independence movements, and not have referenda on all issues affecting our lives? These are the questions which spur much of the civic tech innovation we see in the UK and across the … Continue reading The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

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E-voting advocate appointed as the new Minister for electoral reform

The UK Government has appointed Chloe Smith MP as the new Cabinet Office Minister responsible for electoral reform following the Prime Minister's January reshuffle. Her role is also known as the Minister for the Constitution, previously held by Chris Skidmore MP. Smith is a key advocate of piloting remote online voting for elections. Writing for … Continue reading E-voting advocate appointed as the new Minister for electoral reform

The 2017 New Zealand General Election: A Digital Review

By Frank Kibble. The General Election that has just been fought in New Zealand was a deeply captivating and forever-shifting contest. Bill English’s National Party were looking to hold on to power for a fourth term but lost support due to voter fatigue with their supposed failure to deliver on promises. The Labour Party, who … Continue reading The 2017 New Zealand General Election: A Digital Review

La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru

By Frank Kibble. The discussion about digital democracy often focuses on how technology can transform the way people are engaged with politics here in Britain or in other strongly developed countries. We forget that for us, democracy is thoroughly entrenched in society from voter to parliamentarian. In other parts of the world where democracy is … Continue reading La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru

Electoral Administrators tell Government to explore electronic counting

The Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) has called on the UK Government to undertake a "full examination of the benefits of and issues presented by electronic forms of counting" and to "consider suitability for use at other types of elections" in their post-election report published today. The report, entitled It's time for urgent and positive … Continue reading Electoral Administrators tell Government to explore electronic counting

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