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 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

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