“We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the Internet!”
– The Social Network, 2010.

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Reimagine elections: Enabling a democracy that works for everyone

As we move towards building “a democracy that works for everyone”, we cannot afford to overlook the fact that our method of voting is an analogue one. At the same time that more and more people are switching towards a digital by default lifestyle with their method of banking, shopping, dating, and communicating, our levels … Continue reading Reimagine elections: Enabling a democracy that works for everyone

Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can

Fake news, cyber-trolls, echo chamber. We’re in a new era. An era where digital technology has a tangible impact on our lives and in our politics. It’s ‘Democracy 2.0’. Although there are so many possibilities, we need to understand and clamp down on the abuse, in order to exploit the potential. There are so many … Continue reading Facebook and fact-checkers can’t defeat fake news, only education can

Letter: ID cards and wider issues of voter engagement

The government is correct to ignore some of Eric Pickles’ more retrograde recommendations such as banning selfies and non-English languages at polling stations. It is also correct to seek to address the current lack of voter verification we see throughout elections. However, the government risks isolating communities by ruling out the possibility of introducing a … Continue reading Letter: ID cards and wider issues of voter engagement

London is headed towards democratic dysfunction in 2020

2016 witnessed a memorable moment of history for the UK’s capital city when Sadiq Khan was elected the first Muslim Mayor of London.  An outsider when he announced his candidacy, Khan managed to defeat his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith by more than 300,000 votes, gaining the largest personal mandate of any politician in British history.  … Continue reading London is headed towards democratic dysfunction in 2020

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