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’

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La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru

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 countries. We forget that for us, democracy is thoroughly entrenched in society from voter to parliamentarian. In other parts of the world where democracy is … Continue reading La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru

Democracy Rebooted: Participation for a digital age

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 election, whilst the disconnect between political parties and wider society is made increasingly apparent with every photograph tweeted by Emily Thornberry. As Peter Mair writes … Continue reading Democracy Rebooted: Participation for a digital age

Which Scottish #indyref campaign is leading on social media?

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 have been hitting social media hard with videos, statuses, twibbons and even ice-bucket challenges: Yes Scotland and Better Together. This analysis is on the basis … Continue reading Which Scottish #indyref campaign is leading on social media?

Far-right party, Britain First, now has the largest social media presence

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, WebRoots Democracy will be analysing the social media followings of the main political parties and publishing monthly ‘Election by Social Media’ results. This analysis is on the basis of Facebook and Twitter followers and generates a percentage share of followers, where in this case followers equals votes. Below are … Continue reading Far-right party, Britain First, now has the largest social media presence

Election by Social Media

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, WebRoots Democracy will be analysing the social media followings of the main political parties and publishing monthly 'Election by Social Media' results. This analysis is on the basis of Facebook and Twitter followers and generates a percentage share of followers, where in this case followers equals votes. Below are … Continue reading Election by Social Media