By Areeq Chowdhury. Fake news, Russian bots, data manipulation. If you think western democracy has been in freefall since the Trump/Brexit earthquake of 2016, brace yourself because that was just the beginning. The real nosedive will begin in 2019. Bot architects, fake news peddlers, and psychographic analysts have spent the past few years learning the … Continue reading 2019 will be a landmark year in the disinformation war
A major new survey by the European Commission with 27,000 respondents has found that online voting would be the most preferred method of voting for citizens living in another EU country. 42% said they would prefer to vote in the national elections of their country of origin online compared with 27% preferring to vote an … Continue reading New survey finds that EU citizens support online voting and want social media transparency
The European Parliament has voted to adopt a set of reforms to the 1976 EU Electoral Act by 315 votes to 254. The reforms include the need for member states to provide an online voting method for citizens living abroad. The reforms have been brought in to remedy some of the differences between countries in … Continue reading European Parliament: EU citizens living abroad ‘must be able to vote online’
By Alex Hitchcock. The European Union is an enigma, comprising a bewildering mix of legal, economic and political institutions and legislative bodies. Its complexity leads to a misunderstanding of its functions and a barrier to engagement. Almost two-thirds of Brits do not feel they are well informed about the EU. This translates to low voter … Continue reading The EU referendum: Engaging in Europe
By Alex Campbell. It is a constantly repeated mantra that ‘young people today’ in the UK and Europe are uninterested in politics. Voter turnout is falling rapidly and the youth vote in particular is in freefall. This is backed up by statistical evidence. The British Election Study from 2013 notes that turnout is lower among young … Continue reading Youth apathy on a European scale?