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

The sn-app general election?

The 2017 snap general election was called to bring about a “strong and stable” government but as we know, this did not quite go to plan with the incumbent Conservative government losing their existing majority. They will now form a minority government with help from the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland. But what was … Continue reading The sn-app general election?

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

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

Pickles’ election reforms risk creating further barriers to voting

I’ve finally had the chance to have a read of Eric Pickles’ long-awaited review into electoral fraud, and I think I agree with the analysis which describes it as the use of “a sledgehammer to crack a nut.” Whilst a lot of the recommended reforms are welcome in the way they strengthen the process against … Continue reading Pickles’ election reforms risk creating further barriers to voting

Online voting and digital democracy: Bridging the democratic divide in the UK

Digital democracy, the next frontier in modern democratic reform, is a concept that isn’t given the prominence it deserves in British political discourse; but it is a concept that is fundamental to bridging the widening democratic divide between the young and the old. As I define it, it is the interaction, interdependence, and intertwinement of … Continue reading Online voting and digital democracy: Bridging the democratic divide in the UK

Trade Union Bill: Why it’s time for online strike ballots

As you may be aware, the Trade Union Bill is currently going through the House of Lords, and many are campaigning to modernise regulations to allow unions to hold online ballots instead of solely postal ones. Despite every major political party in the UK, the NHS, top universities, and global stock exchanges using online voting, … Continue reading Trade Union Bill: Why it’s time for online strike ballots

Online voting: One rule for political parties, another rule for trade unions?

There seems to be an inconsistency in the Government’s stance relating to the use of online voting in trade union strike ballots. The Government has, so far, rejected calls by trade union leaders to allow members to vote online in strike ballots despite them being ‘open’ to online voting for future elections and despite every … Continue reading Online voting: One rule for political parties, another rule for trade unions?