Is anonymity the best target in the fight against the trolls?

“Rest assured, this Bill will end anonymous abuse, because it will end abuse, full stop.” We will ‘ Posted by Events on November 17th, 2021

Consensus at home is just as important as consensus abroad to meet our climate targets

By Charles Seaford

With COP26 about to commence, the Government is on a mission to try and build consensus internationally…

Posted by Events on October 29th, 2021

How do we fight back against online abuse when counterspeech can’t keep up?

Over the last few years, solutions to the problem of online abuse have been proposed and attempted – from pleading…

Posted by Events on October 21st, 2021

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities must not overlook the role of local government in levelling up

The Ministry for Local Government is no longer. The recently renamed Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has sent…

Posted by Events on October 6th, 2021

Gendered disinformation: The US can’t be content with content solutions

In regulating online spaces, if we treat the problems of harmful content as separate from the problems of harmful systems,…

Posted by Stephanie Lenz on September 14th, 2021

Gendered disinformation: 6 reasons why liberal democracies need to respond to this threat

Gendered disinformation is a form of identity-based disinformation that threatens human rights worldwide. It undermines the digital and political rights, as well…

Posted by Stephanie Lenz on July 12th, 2021

The Online Safety Bill: Will it protect women online?

‘The safest place in the world to go online’. This is the ambition for the UK, set out by the…

Posted by Events on June 9th, 2021

The democratic argument for tax simplification

Tax simplification: unlikely to get you out of bed in the morning. If it does, you’re probably concerned about the…

Posted by Events on June 3rd, 2021

Trusting the Data: How do we reach a public settlement on the future of tech?

What role do we want technology to play in our lives? In popular debate, this question divides into two…

Posted by Stephanie Lenz on May 28th, 2021

Bursting the democratic ‘bubble’

After two years, the UK Government has finally put forward a draft bill on Online SafetyThe Future of Social Care: What Role Should Technology Play?

Demos recently published The Care Commitment, a report written by Danny Kruger MP. In this…

Posted by Stephanie Lenz on March 26th, 2021

From Twitter’s misinformation bird hide, we risk not seeing the forest for the trees

Many months of being at home, and the popularity of birdwatching has “soared”. Soon, however,…

Posted by Events on January 28th, 2021

The regulation paradox

Last week, the world looked on in horror as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, leading the people…

Posted by Events on January 13th, 2021

How can tax help to fight the climate crisis?

By Charles Seaford, Senior Fellow

The Prime Minister recently announced a new target for UK greenhouse gas emissions reductions by…

Posted by Events on January 11th, 2021

Free speech in the post-truth era

By Dr Robert Simpson, Associate Professor, Dept of Philosophy, UCL

This guest blog is a response to the findings of Demos’…

Posted by Events on December 4th, 2020

Online harms: we need to bring the public into public policy

By Maeve Walsh, Associate at Carnegie UK Trust

As we wait for the final response to the consultation Government’s Online Harms…

Posted by Events on November 27th, 2020

Where can we build consensus on the future of the web?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, for many people, computer screens have become a crucial connection to the outside world, and online…

Posted by Events on November 20th, 2020

How will communities mobilise to build back a better Britain?

Community spirit has been a welcome silver lining as we’ve seen the increasing role neighbours have played in supporting their…

Posted by Events on November 11th, 2020

Consensus coming just-in-time: Economic resilience in the age of Covid-19

With Britain so plugged in to the global economy, the pandemic has raised questions about our ability to provide for…

Posted by Events on November 5th, 2020

‘Frankly, we did win this election’: on social media, who will watch the watchmen?

Election Day in the US saw a predictable surge in false, misleading or harmful narratives emerging, from robocalls telling voters…

Posted by Events on November 4th, 2020