Data and Democracy Project

The UK’s electoral systems are undergoing a stress test of a sort that they have rarely experienced. Proposals to pilot electronic voting open up the architecture of elections to manipulation and fraud. Similarly, political actors are using personal data to make conflicting promises to discrete demographics - with no accountability or consent. Both practices threaten the ability of elections to be free and fair in the digital age.

Open Rights Group’s Data and Democracy project seeks to mitigate these threats and prevent new technology from eroding public trust in the democratic process. To achieve this we aim to influence debate, conduct research, and develop principles to shape the ethical use of these technologies.


You can use the Who Targets Me plug-in to help challenge personal data abuse in political advertising online in the 2019 EU Elections or come to our London workshop on Tuesday 21 May 2019 to learn more.


See our blog about the DCMS' report on disinformation and 'fake news'.

See our most recent blog about proposals for electronic voting in Scotland.