Data and Democracy

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process.

The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the other, political actors are using personal data to make conflicting promises to discrete demographics – with no accountability or consent. These practices can help, or hinder, the ability of elections to be free and fair in the digital age.

To mitigate these threats and restore integrity to our elections we aim to influence debate, conduct research, mobilise supporters and develop principles to shape the ethical use of these technologies.

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The Story So Far

Blindspots in new guidance on use of data in campaigning

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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ORG Takes Political Parties to Privacy Watchdog

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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10,000,000 voters racially profiled by Conservatives

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Digital Imprints, GDPR and Enforcement

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Bigger than Cambridge Analytica

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Hot Take: the Russia Report and Elections

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Winners, losers, and unanswered questions

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Political parties: listen to your members

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Democracy and Covid-19

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Imprints: who’s responsible?

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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We need political accountability more than ever- and the ICO can lead the way

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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APPG on Electoral Campaigning Transparency adopt ORG reforms

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Profiling, Political opinions, and Data Protection – The Legal Background

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Out for the count : the £9 million white elephant in London’s next election

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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Hunting for a solution? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to prevent digital technologies from eroding public trust in the democratic process. The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. On one hand, innovations such as online deliberation present an opportunity to open up policy making. On the […]
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