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. The tax, limited to tech giants which have annual global revenues of more than £500m, will be a levy of 2% on the money made … Continue reading The ‘digital services tax’ is a good idea in principle but it may be difficult to enforce

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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 in the footsteps of countries such as Australia, Estonia and Switzerland who all use remote online voting to varying degrees. The US State of West … 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 counting, the Scottish local authority is seeking the provision of e-voting solutions including: Internet voting Electronic voting within polling stations Electronic voting with touch screen … 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 the experiences of other countries? To find out, WebRoots Democracy organised an event in the House of Commons to explore New South Wales' (NSW) iVote … Continue reading Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project

Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media

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 the US and, to a lesser extent, here in the UK. The scandal – in which personal data from Facebook was harvested to create targeted … Continue reading Cambridge Analytica and the future of social media

The local elections and language discrimination

By Kasimir Rantzau. Democracy entails the diversity of society – it provides the privilege for all that are eligible to vote. It is the foundation for a free society. However, electoral discrimination is also a reality of democracy. A resilient discriminating factor are the hurdles placed for non-English speakers to exercise their full right to … Continue reading The local elections and language discrimination

Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

In response to a letter coordinated by WebRoots Democracy, the Scottish Government Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, reaffirmed their commitment to undertaking pilots of electronic voting. Our letter, co-signed by more than 30 leading academics and charity bosses, called upon the Scottish Government to "stay true to their commitment" to pilot online voting … Continue reading Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting

More than 30 leading academics and charity bosses have written to the Scottish Government urging them to undertake pilots of online voting for elections. The letter comes as the Scottish Government consults on various electoral reforms including the potential of an online voting option for elections. The group of signatories, led by WebRoots Democracy, set … Continue reading Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting

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 reform, following its commitment to pilot the technology. Speaking in favour of the reform, Maguire said: "We can all agree that democracy works only when … 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 all issues affecting our lives? These are the questions which spur much of the civic tech innovation we see in the UK and across the … Continue reading The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting