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Members of the public tweeting live from Parliament

Houses of Parliament and Westminster BridgeFor the first time today, members of the public who attended a debate in Parliament were permitted, and indeed encouraged, to keep their phones and use social media. Sadly it wasn’t in the House of Commons, where you still have to hand in your phones and tablets before you go into the public gallery, but appropriately it was in a Westminster Hall debate on Digital Democracy (#digitaldemocracy). It’s not clear to me how many of the tweets were directly from the admittedly small public gallery, and how many from people watching it on ParliamentLive TV, but it was an encouraging start.

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‘Open up!’ – Digital democracy in the House of Commons

Digital DemocracyOpen up!’ was published yesterday and is the report of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy. Liberal Democrats should pay it some attention, even though, sadly, we do not appear to have had any representation on the Commission itself.

Its remit was to explore how to use digital technology to improve parliamentary democracy in the House of Commons, and increase democratic participation, which is surely something that we care about deeply.

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  • Nonconformistradical
    "If voter impersonation were significant there would be many cases of voters turning up to be told they had already voted. Also there would likely be many cases...
  • Andrew Tampion
    George Thomas is right to say that it is bizarre to argue that because there is no evidence of current voter fraud that is not a reason to improve the security ...
  • Mark Morris
    worth noting some specific concerns and recommendations made by RNIB: https://www.rnib.org.uk/campaigning/priority-campaigns/voting-and-elections/turned-out-20...
  • john oundle
    Matt Wardman 'This look rather scaremonger-y' Spot on,just looks very childish....
  • Martin
    In UK elections, low turn out is a bigger problem than voter impersonation. If voter impersonation were significant there would be many cases of voters turning...