“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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A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty

Is it time to nationalise Facebook? Recently, social media platforms have transformed from a space to socialise, share photos, and stare at memes, to a centre of digital political warfare and the murky harvesting of personal data. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction, online abuse is rampant across comment threads, and users … Continue reading A publicly-owned Facebook? Interesting idea, but fraught with difficulty

The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

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 globe. Apps and … Continue reading The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

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

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