Updated: Sierra Leone undertake world’s first “blockchain-based” Presidential election

UPDATE (26/03/2018): Sierra Leone’s Government have denied this story with TechCrunch reporting that Agora merely observed the vote and stored some of the results. Full story here. On the 7th … Continue reading Updated: Sierra Leone undertake world’s first “blockchain-based” Presidential election

MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy

Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into democracy argues SNP MSP, Ruth Maguire, during a debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government is consulting on the … Continue reading MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy

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 … Continue reading The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

Welsh Government announce plans to pilot online voting for elections

The Welsh Government has announced plans to pilot remote online voting in elections. The decision follows a broad public consultation undertaken by the Government and was announced alongside a raft … Continue reading Welsh Government announce plans to pilot online voting for elections

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

Scottish Government commits to trials of online voting for elections

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on electronic voting, including remote online voting, and said it ‘plans to trial’ the technology in future elections. Writing in the foreword … Continue reading Scottish Government commits to trials of online voting for elections

Knight Review recommends pilots of online voting for trade unions

Sir Ken Knight’s independent review into e-balloting for trade unions has recommended pilots of online voting be undertaken. Welcoming the recommendation, WebRoots Democracy says it could “pave the way” for … Continue reading Knight Review recommends pilots of online voting for trade unions

Jersey considers online voting as survey finds broad support amongst population

Almost two-thirds (63%) of Jersey voters have stated they are more likely to vote if online voting was an option according to the 2017 Jersey Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. The … Continue reading Jersey considers online voting as survey finds broad support amongst population

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 … Continue reading Blockchain and its applications for democracy

Scotland poised to solve ‘beautiful problem’ of online voting

The Scottish Government are to launch a consultation on democratic reform which will include the potential of remote online voting in elections. Speaking at an event at Edinburgh University, Minister … Continue reading Scotland poised to solve ‘beautiful problem’ of online voting

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