WATCH: Inside the Virtual Parliament

For the first time in its history, the UK Parliament has been embracing remote methods of working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Select Committees, Prime Minister’s Questions, and, … Continue reading WATCH: Inside the Virtual Parliament

Virtual Parliament: A golden opportunity which shouldn’t be missed

By Milton Brown. In 2010 the Liberal Democrats found themselves ‘kingmakers’ and decided upon electoral reform as their number one bargaining request, creating the opportunity that electoral reform campaigners had … Continue reading Virtual Parliament: A golden opportunity which shouldn’t be missed

Coronavirus: Local election turnouts may hit record low with two million predicted to stay at home

The upcoming local elections in the UK may suffer turnouts as low as 21% as more than two million voters may stay at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, according … Continue reading Coronavirus: Local election turnouts may hit record low with two million predicted to stay at home

Mock e-voting trial to take place in Gateshead during local council elections

A mock trial of electronic voting is to take place in Gateshead, near Newcastle, during the 2019 local council elections. The trial is being undertaken by academics with the permission … Continue reading Mock e-voting trial to take place in Gateshead during local council elections

A lot of good proposals in the Online Harms White Paper but a lack of focus on taxation

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

The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce

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

USA, UK, Japan and Russia latest countries to consider introducing online voting for elections

A number of countries, including the USA, UK, Japan and Russia, are considering the potential of introducing an online voting option for elections. Should they do so, they would follow … Continue reading USA, UK, Japan and Russia latest countries to consider introducing online voting for elections

Aberdeen City Council begin tender process for an online voting platform

Aberdeen City Council has put out a procurement notice inviting bids for a contract to provide an online voting platform for elections. Alongside tenders for postal voting services and electronic … Continue reading Aberdeen City Council begin tender process for an online voting platform

Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project

By Areeq Chowdhury. The potential of remote online voting is currently being looked at by both the Scottish and Welsh Governments in the UK, but what can be learned from … Continue reading Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project