The Government Transformation Strategy is yet another missed opportunity for digitalising democracy

By Areeq Chowdhury. Last week, the Government published its long-awaited digital ‘transformation strategy’ which in the words of Cabinet Office Minister, Ben Gummer MP, aims to tackle the ‘disenchantment’ emanating from the ‘frustrations’ of Government services. Ending his foreword, he states that ‘if we succeed, which we must, we will have done much to restore … Continue reading The Government Transformation Strategy is yet another missed opportunity for digitalising democracy

UK Election Administrators vote 57% in support of online voting option

57% of delegates at the UK's Association of Election Administrators' (AEA) Annual Conference have voted in support of introducing an online voting option in elections. Taking place this week in Brighton, the Conference brings together election administrators from across the UK. Altogether, 64% voted to support online voting in one form or another. The leading … Continue reading UK Election Administrators vote 57% in support of online voting option

Online voting for industrial action is “long and unfairly overdue”

The UK Government has announced details of the independent review into online voting for trade union strike ballots, which was secured as part of the 2016 Trade Union Act. The review will be undertaken by former Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, Sir Ken Knight CBE QFSM. The Knight Review will examine certain issues … Continue reading Online voting for industrial action is “long and unfairly overdue”

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’

Australian PM and Opposition Leader commit to online voting in elections

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and his opposition counterpart, Bill Shorten, have endorsed a cross-party push to introduce online voting in elections. The announcement came after Shorten conceded defeat to Turnbull's Coalition in the recent federal elections in Australia. It follows an eight day vote count which is yet to deliver a formal election result. … Continue reading Australian PM and Opposition Leader commit to online voting in elections

Conservatives to elect next UK Prime Minister in online voting election

Following the resignation of David Cameron in the aftermath of the EU referendum, the Conservative Party are to elect a new leader and Prime Minister for the United Kingdom. Similar to the Conservatives' selection of their 2016 London Mayoral Candidate, Zac Goldsmith, the election will be conducted via postal ballots and online voting. This is … Continue reading Conservatives to elect next UK Prime Minister in online voting election

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