By Areeq Chowdhury. The Government has finally published its long-awaited white paper on ‘online harms’. There are a lot of good and welcome proposals within it, however, ‘tax’ (which should … Continue reading A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation
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 … Continue reading New survey finds that EU citizens support online voting and want social media transparency
By Areeq Chowdhury. In the budget this week, Philip Hammond has announced the introduction of a new ‘digital services tax’, first hinted at in his party conference speech in Birmingham. … Continue reading The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce
A new report, Kinder, Gentler Politics, published this week, is calling on the UK Government to introduce a ‘Civil Internet Tax’ on large social media platforms to fund initiatives to tackle the … Continue reading REPORT: Tax social media giants to fund anti-discrimination campaigns
By Areeq Chowdhury. Is it time to nationalise Facebook? Recently, social media platforms have transformed from a space to socialise, share photos, and stare at memes, to a centre of … Continue reading A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty
Political advertising has got smarter – but have we? Lush and Fat Rat Films have released a quirky drama-documentary, combining expert interviews with the likes of Guardian journalist, Carole Cadwalladr, … Continue reading Are mind-reading algorithms stealing our democracy?
By Tess Woolfenden. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the issue of social media regulation – or lack thereof – has been raised in mainstream public debate in … Continue reading Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media
By Areeq Chowdhury. The Cambridge Analytica debacle appears to be the straw that will break the camel’s back. The idea of data being unwittingly taken from users for the purpose … Continue reading With great power comes great regulation
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.’ … Continue reading Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’
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 … Continue reading La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru
By William Louch. Representative democracies are in the midst of a crisis. The age of the party is over. Turnout at elections is declining across Europe with (almost) every passing … Continue reading Democracy Rebooted: Participation for a digital age
With just over two weeks to go until Scotland decides it’s future in the Independence Referendum, WebRoots Democracy has analysed the social media followings of the two official campaigns who … Continue reading Which Scottish #indyref campaign is leading on social media?