Contributions to the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy
The following contributions have been received so far via email, social media or blog posts and are listed in date order.
- Matthew Margetts, Microsoft (pdf 365KB) (Digi102)
Mr Margetts' submission describes Microsoft's online voting technology.
- Bite the Ballot (pdf 200KB) (Digi099)
Bite the Ballot share their core digital tools and projects from 2014.
- Dr Finbarr Livesey, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge (pdf 133KB) (Digi098)
Dr Livesey shares preliminary results of an ongoing survey investigating attitudes towards representation and how the public wants to engage in decision making in Parliament.
Mr Kallos considers each of our consultation themes in turn.
The CIPR's paper outlines the best practice to follow for national politicians using Twitter.
Mr Loader highlights results of a research project into what extent young UK citizens use social media to find out about politics.
Aileen's paper gives an overview of the public information/engagement services in the House of Commons.
Read the 15 winning ideas from the “Hardcopy or #Hashtag?” regional workshops which took place between 8 September and 10 October. These are a culmination of the most innovative ideas from young people on how digital technology can increase youth engagement with Parliament and the political process. The final event was held during Parliament Week on 17 November where these ideas were presented.
- James Thresher, Head of Digital Outreach in Public Information and Outreach Service, House of Commons (pdf 429KB) (Digi092)
Mr Thresher outlines the approaches taken by the Digital Outreach Team to posting updates on social networking platform Twitter in respect to the passage of bills through the House of Commons.
SACPE share their submission on our consultation themes.
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Democracy Counts carried out a referendum for Aberdeen Council on a local issue. They used multi voting channels including online, a postal voting pack was sent to every voter. The organisation submitted their analysis on the referendum.
- Hansard Society (pdf 155KB) (Digi89a)
- Britainthinks event with the Hansard Society (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (pdf 9.4MB) (Digi089b)
Hansard Society submitted a contribution on our themes and also share research findings from an event in the House of Commons with Britainthinks.
- Caroline Lucas MP (pdf 618KB) (Digi088)
Caroline shares her paper from November 2010 making the case for Parliamentary reform.
- Oonagh Gay, House of Commons (pdf 141KB) (Digi087)
Ms Gay says it is time to consider the processes for producing the House's procedural bible, Erskine May
- Cristian Vaccari (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (pdf 1.4MB) (Digi086)
Mr Vaccari's submission takes a look at all of our consultation themes.
Mr Noble discusses New Zealand's use of technology to enhance legislation and the legislative process.
- Kheira Belkacem, PhD (pdf 168KB) (Digi027)
Kheira's evidence relates the the making laws theme.
Prof Pattie and Alistair Stoddart share their thoughts on public participation in the democratic process.
- Everyone Counts (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB) (pdf 1.3MB)
- Everyone Counts' slide on participation increases due to eVoting (pdf 160KB) (Digi083)
Everyone Counts' submission discusses electronic voting.
- Robert Sharp (pdf 97KB)
- Mr Sharp's prototype for how a government report should be structured (pdf 8KB) (Digi082)
Mr Sharp's submission says that Parliament and Government should make all of their output available as searchable, linkable, HTML web-pages.
- The Rt Hon. the Lord Knight of Weymouth (Digi101)
Lord Knight's blog about the evidence he gave to the Commission at its meeting on 15 July.
The Electoral Reform Society's report on electronic voting.
- (pdf 24KB)The British Community Committee of France (pdf 24KB) (BCC) (pdf 24KB) (Citizen Space link)
The BCC raise points on expat voters and offer solutions to the current system of voting for expats.
The UKCRC report on electronic voting uploaded on Citizen Space.
This submission considers e-petitions.
- Ian Smith (pdf 114KB) (Digi081)
Mr Smith shares his experience with digital engagement.
- Lambeth Council (pdf 188KB) (Digi080)
Lambeth's Electoral and Democratic Services Team answer the question on online voting.
Smartmatic answer our questions on online voting and share two of their case studies
- Electoral Commission (pdf 412KB) (Digi077)
The Electoral Commission report for the DDC on online voting.
- WebRoots Democracy (Digi078)
WebRoots reports its initial findings on its research into online voting.
Regards Citoyens also used Citizen Space to respond to our Representation consultation. Their paper gives an overview of the Law Factory project – an initiative to track Bills through the French legislative system.
Jiri Mucha used Citizen Space to respond to the Representation theme but also uploaded some thoughts in the attached doc.
- Advanced Computing Research Centre (Digi076)
The ACRC share their considerations on the use of commercial technical platforms to hold UK's peoples' political views.
- Open Rights Group (Digi075)
Open Rights Group share their concerns on electronic voting.
The FIPR considers the implications of electronic voting.
- Ben Worthy (Digi073)
Mr Worthy offers a series of general pointers as to how best to use digital tools to increase accountability and engagement with Parliament and government.
- Michael Woodhouse (Digi074)
Mr Woodhouse talks about the benefits of digital on voter apathy.
- John Bennett (Digi070)
Mr Bennett summarises his thoughts on the benefits on e-voting.
Swansea University organised a workshop on 21 July and their key findings are summarised in this report.
- A Description of Scytl's Cryptographic e-Voting Security Software
- Issues guide on internet voting for Canada
- French expats vote online in 2012 legislative elections
- Analysis of French expat internet voting up until 2013
- United Arab Emirates example
- Gujarat, India example
- The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) survey of internet voting
- Democratic Audit's report 'Engaging young voters with enhanced election information'
- The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Norwegian E-Vote Project (Digi069)
Scytl submitted various examples above of their own work on electronic voting and also submitted studies by other organisations.
- Change (Digi067)
Change.org submission to the engagement and facilitating dialogue questions.
Professor Baines answers the questions on our engagement and facilitating dialogue theme.
- Arqiva (Digi065)
Arqiva's submission states that serious and sustainable democratic engagement requires a combination of ‘new media' and conventional or ‘traditional' media.
- Frances G. Boul Hay (Digi064)
Mrs Boul Hay introduces a protoype of her Chiralkine Voting System.
- Bazil Saiq (Digi062)
Our first video submission response to the questions on the 'Engagement and Facilitating Dialogue'
- University College London (Digi063)
UCL's submission is based on a roundtable discussion held with the Commission on the egagement theme.
- The Democratic Society (Digi058)
The Democractic Society's second submission considers the use of technology in legislation.
The Democratic Society answer the questions for the making laws theme.
- Mary Marshall (Digi056)
Ms Marshall shares her practical ideas on making voting easier.
- Dr Paul Hepburn (Digi057)
Dr Hepburn shares his research on the downsides of technology for MPs.
- Catherine Bochel (Digi059)
Ms Bochel answers our e-petitions question in our Engagement theme.
- Andrew Colver (Digi060)
Rushmoor Borough Council has undertaken a number of projects over 10 years to develop voter engagement including internet voting schemes and early voting.
- Tara Murphy (Digi061)
The Carnegie UK trust outline how MPs and Parliament can ensure digital inclusiveness.
- Rob Windstrel Watson (Digi055)
Mr Watson urges Parliament to implement a National People's Forum so that the public could have a genuine say on issues.
- Cristiano Ferri, senior staff member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies (not formally logged as evidence as was not submitted to the Commission so does not have a Digi number)
Cristiano Ferri's #TED talk about the movement toward open parliaments in Brazil and around the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Rick Edwards (not formally logged as evidence as was not submitted to the Commission so does not have a Digi number)
Rick Edwards' #TED talk about getting young people to vote.
- Local Government Boundary Commission (Digi053)
The Commission's consultation portal is an example of digital democracy in action
- David Farnsworth (Digi054)
Mr Farnsworth offers his insight on our engagement and representation theme.
- Claire Williams (Digi052)
Ms Williams has shared her dissertation which examines the extent to which MPs interact with the two main social media platforms and why they do it.
- Ken Knight (Digi025)
Mr Knight explores the use of algorithms in assisting democracy.
This submission covers the first three themes.
Bournemouth Media School Researchers produced research on all five themes.
- John Hunter, Your Democracy Ltd (Digi051)
Mr Hunter looks at the representation theme and how politicians must engage more.
Mr Elmer shares his specification for an online democratic forum that would meaningfully engage large numbers in online democracy. His second submission addresses how MPs can effectively make use of their time and effectively work for constituents.
- Cllr Jason Kitcat (Digi047)
Cllr Kitcat shares his concerns for e-voting.
Ms Thompson shares her views on some of the issues around children's engagement with democracy.
- Michael A Carson (Digi044)
Mr Carson shares his undergraduate research project, relating to the relationship between personal technology devices and how people relate to those devices.
- Stuart Long (Digi045)
Stuart Long suggests that the Speaker's page on the Parliament Website should list a generic email address not just the postal address and telephone number.
Jon Foster-Smith has shared with us his proposal for a new app and answers the questions on the Making Law theme.
- Fraser Henderson (Digi042)
Fraser Henderson's second submission answers the questions on the Making Law theme.
- Martyn Lloyd (Digi041)
Martyn Lloyd offers his view on representative democracy.
- Christian Gutteridge (Digi036)
Mr Gutteridge shares his knowledge on the digital scrutiny theme.
Rachel Gibson of the University of Manchester offers her views on some of the themes.
The Northern Ireland Assembly submission addresses the ‘Scrutiny' theme and focuses on some of the projects the Assembly has undertaken to address and enhance digital scrutiny.
The wiki-sourced submission answers questions for the digital scrutiny theme and making laws as well as other digital democracy topics such as electronic voting.
Lucy outlines current and previous work undertaken by the Digital Outreach Team at the House of Commons.
- Prof Christian Fuchs (Digi026)
Professor of Social Media at the University of Westminster discusses an idea for 'QTube' to select public questions for Prime Minister's Question Time.
- Tim Knight (Digi024)
Mr Knight discusses optimising democratic governance using technology.
- Glenyan Cochrane (Digi023)
- Fraser Henderson (Digi022)
Mr Henderson discusses 'the digital democracy dilema' and direct democracy.
- Alastair Howard (Digi020)
Based on experience gathered by streelife.com, Mr Howard answers the questions for the digital scrutiny theme.
- Argyro Karanasiou (Digi019)
Argyro Karanasiou from Bournemouth University answers the questions for the making laws theme.
- Dave King (Digi033)
Mr King suggests that MPs use a device for voting in the House rather than having to hurry to the lobby each time.
- Full Fact (Digi035)
Full Fact offer some practical solutions on how Parliament can make its processes more understandable to the public.
- Document Direct (Digi038)
Document Direct recommend an MP caseload system.
- Susan Hedley (Digi039)
Ms Hedley's response offers lots of practical suggestions for effective digital democracy.
- Andy Williamson (Digi018)
Dr Williamson discusses issues of digital engagement, the public's relationship with Parliament and its inter-connectivity with the law-making process. Dr Williamson presented to the Commission during its fifth meeting on Representation.
- William Perrin (Digi017)
Mr Perrin discusses the committee stage of a bill for the making laws theme.
- Mark Ryan and Gurchetan Grewal (Digi016)
Professor Ryan and PhD student Grewal from the University of Birmingham answer the questions for the making laws theme and discuss the use of online fora for feeding public views into the legislative process.
- Prof Chris Reed (Digi014)
Professor Reed answers questions for the making laws theme. He recommends that public understanding of bills should be at the beginning of the process. Discussion forums to understand public views needs human-work helped by technology.
- Sam Smith (Digi013)
Sam discusses a digital library within Parliament and talks about the archive services. He recommends that the procedural book, Erskine May be made available online, Parliament coverage be embeddable and the library should consider a wiki man in residence.
- Max Richens (Digi012)
Mr Richens discusses the collection of data by government and government agencies.
- Pam Roud (Digi011)
Pam Roud discusses an idea of temporary 'reference groups' made up of people from different social groups.
- Antony Carpen (Digi010)
Mr Carpen draws from his personal experience of participating in a Select Committee debate using Twitter where his input made a positive impact.
- Anonymous (Digi009)
This contribution recommends a 'Tricameral Legislature' where the public actively vote on Bills and amendments in a virtual third Chamber.
- Jordan Milton (Digi008)
Mr Milton suggests the implementation of a searchable online catalogue of upcoming legislation written in such a way that you do not have to be a legal expert to understand it.
- Michael Curtotti (Digi007)
A PhD Candidate from the Research School of Computer Science of the Australian National University answers the questions for the making laws theme drawing on his research on the topic: Computational Tools for Enhancing the Communication of Law.
- Eliot Hughes (Digi006)
Elliot Hughes from the University of Southampton answers the questions for the making laws theme.
- Paul Robinson (Digi005)
Mr Robinson recommends that the Commission investigates some open-source online tools that have been developed for collaborative decision-making within institutions.
Mr Durant discusses the need to move to high volume many-to-many style communication and the support Members need to keep up with social media and online campaigns.
- Involve (Digi003)
Involve offers ten key points for the making laws theme drawing on its new programme, NHS citizen.
Nottingham NUS answer questions for the making laws theme. They discuss the complex process as being a barrier for engagement.
- StJohn Deakins, Citizenme (Digi001)
The founder of Citizenme answers the questions for the making laws theme and liquid democracy.