Interested colleagues, including research fellows and students, are warmly invited to attend the fourth in the series of the McDougall Trust's workshops on topical issues of political representation for 2016. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Please aim to arrive sharp for 1.15 pm start.
Friday, 9 December 2016, 1.15 pm:
Digital Democracy, citizen engagement and the pros and cons of electronic voting
Speakers: Areeq Chowdhury, Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy and Jason Kitcat, Head of Public Affairs at Crunch
Chair: Michael Steed, McDougall Trust trustee
Venue: Robert Runcie Room (basement level), Church House Conference Centre, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ
About the topic: Is electronic voting a good way of engaging with citizens in the high-tech modern democratic age or does it create more problems than it solves? If so how do you address the problems? Areeq Chowdhury and Jason Kitcat debate the pros and cons of electronic voting.
About the speakers:
Areeq Chowdhury is Chief Executive of the think-tank WebRoots Democracy (the Institute for Digital Democracy). He has worked at the Foreign Office, the London Assembly, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and KPMG. He began researching the relationship between the internet and political participation when studying Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham and at the age of 21 founded WebRoots Democracy - which has been the leading campaign for online voting in UK elections.
Jason Kitcat is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Crunch, the UK's first and largest online accountancy firm. He was previously the award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. He has a long background in building digital services having been Head of Technology for Netmums, general manager at The Open Knowledge Foundation and before that led his own digital agency for a decade. With the Open Rights Group he observed e-voting in the UK and Estonia and has published numerous academic papers on e-voting.
Getting there: The main entrance (with steps) to Church House is in Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ. Wheelchair access is available by the Great Smith Street entrance. Location, access and travel details can be found on the Church House website: www.churchhouseconf.co.uk/location
Trust contact point: the Trust's Administrator, Paul Wilder (telephone: 074 6924 5072 or
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or post: Unit W219, Second Floor, West Building, Westminster Business Square, 1-45 Durham Street, London SE11 5JH). Reminders will be sent confirming event details. Do check the website for details of future workshops.
Date and Time
Church House Conference Centre
Robert Runcie Room (basement level)