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

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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

£3.5m spent towards 14,000 minutes of MPs standing in division lobbies

MPs spent an estimated 14,000 minutes standing in division lobbies during the 2010 - 2015 Parliament, according to analysis by WebRoots Democracy. This equates to almost an entire month, based on a working day of 8 hours. Using the value of MPs' salaries over this period, the cost to the public purse is estimated at … Continue reading £3.5m spent towards 14,000 minutes of MPs standing in division lobbies

MPs clamour for electronic voting in the House of Commons

Following the vote on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, a number of MPs have called for the UK to introduce electronic voting in Parliament with the Green Party Co-Leader, Caroline Lucas MP, describing the current system as "barmy". The SNP MP for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, tweeted that the existing lobby system is "archaic" and … Continue reading MPs clamour for electronic voting in the House of Commons

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 the Minister for the Constitution, previously held by Chris Skidmore MP. Smith is a key advocate of piloting remote online voting for elections. Writing for … Continue reading E-voting advocate appointed as the new Minister for electoral reform

What happened in 2017?

By Areeq Chowdhury. 2017 has been a memorable year for our work advancing the digital democracy agenda in the UK. Starting work on WebRoots Democracy full-time has been incredibly challenging but incredibly worthwhile. The amount of progress made compared to previous years has increased sevenfold, literally as well as figuratively. We published seven policy documents … Continue reading What happened in 2017?

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 Voting report. Writing on his Facebook page, Sir Vince said: "Our democracy fails when it does not reflect the lives of the people it is … Continue reading Lib Dem Leader, Sir Vince Cable, joins calls for pilots of online voting in the UK

Online voting would raise turnout by 4.7m and cut the cost-per-vote by 26%

A new report, Cost of Voting, published today, calls for the UK Government to pilot online voting in elections finding that it would save £18m per election and boost voter turnout by 4.7m. A survey of 1,680 people commissioned for the report found that voting online would be the most preferred option for voters under the … Continue reading Online voting would raise turnout by 4.7m and cut the cost-per-vote by 26%

UK signs up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

The UK Government, alongside countries in the EU and the European Free Trade Area, has signed up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment. The declaration commits the UK to 'digital evolution' and the 'digital transformation' of public services. Government Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, signed the declaration behalf of the UK. The document states that parties … Continue reading UK signs up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

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’