Blockchain and its applications for democracy

By Areeq Chowdhury. In the first of our series of topical seminars, WebRoots Democracy explored blockchain and its applications for democracy. This took place at Newspeak House, a London-based institution for political technologists. Speaking to our audience were Dr David Galindo (Senior Lecturer in Computer Security, University of Birmingham); Dr Sarah Meiklejohn (Reader in Computer … Continue reading Blockchain and its applications for democracy

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Lib Dem Leader, Sir Vince Cable, joins calls for pilots of online voting in the UK

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable MP, has joined calls for the UK Government to pilot online voting in elections following the publication of the WebRoots Democracy Cost of Voting report. Writing on his Facebook page, Sir Vince said: "Our democracy fails when it does not reflect the lives of the people it is … Continue reading Lib Dem Leader, Sir Vince Cable, joins calls for pilots of online voting in the UK

Online voting would raise turnout by 4.7m and cut the cost-per-vote by 26%

A new report, Cost of Voting, published today, calls for the UK Government to pilot online voting in elections finding that it would save £18m per election and boost voter turnout by 4.7m. A survey of 1,680 people commissioned for the report found that voting online would be the most preferred option for voters under the … Continue reading Online voting would raise turnout by 4.7m and cut the cost-per-vote by 26%

Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’

In a statement published today Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined a series of steps the social media platform are going to take to 'protect the integrity of the democratic process.' As part of this, he announced that they will make transparent who is paying for adverts on Facebook and highlight what adverts are being run … Continue reading Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’

UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for disabled voters

The UK Government has launched a call for evidence asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself. In partnership with the members of the Cabinet Office Accessibility Working Group, which includes Mencap, Mind, RNIB, Scope, the NHS, the Association of Electoral Administrators, and the Electoral Commission, the Government will … Continue reading UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for disabled voters

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

54% of vision-impaired voters want online voting, according to RNIB

More than half of blind and partially-sighted voters consider new "accessible" methods such as online voting as necessary according to a new report by the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). The report, Turned Out 2017, calls for the voting system to change to enable vision impaired voters to be in "sole control of … Continue reading 54% of vision-impaired voters want online voting, according to RNIB

Venezuela: A rigged election uncovered thanks to electronic voting

By Areeq Chowdhury. It’s not often that you hear applause for e-voting for strengthening the trust and security in elections, but in Venezuela this week we have seen precisely that. In what is widely regarded as a controversial set of elections to vote in a new legislative body called the National Constituent Assembly which has … Continue reading Venezuela: A rigged election uncovered thanks to electronic voting

Defending our democracy, but denied access to it?

By Rachel Fielden. Whether you agree with British foreign policy or not, it is hard to deny the sheer amount of self-sacrifice, dedication and bravery that goes into the role of being a soldier in our nation's military. Members of the armed forces put their safety before our own to represent and defend the nation … Continue reading Defending our democracy, but denied access to it?

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