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February 23, 2018 | Matthew Rice

3 Ways to Improve Democratic Participation in Scotland

Democracies around the world are facing a crisis in relevance and participation. Scotland is no different. The most recent local elections in 2017 had a turnout of 45%, which is bad but astonishingly was an improvement on the 2012 turnout that had a

February 09, 2018 | Matthew Rice

E-voting's Unsolvable Problem

E-voting is sold to the public as a solution to the problem of democratic participation, especially ‘the youth’ turnout. Recent experience suggest that isn’t the case. In fact, e-voting creates problems, not solutions, and these problems are unsolvable. 

January 11, 2018 | Matthew Rice

2018: Threats, Opportunities and Databases

When it comes to Scotland, Open Rights Group's work in 2018 provides some enormous opportunities - and threats too. This is a quick rundown of some of the areas we expect to stay high on our agenda throughout the year.

August 09, 2017 | Matthew Rice

There is a light and it shouldn't go out: Freedom of Information in Scotland

Open Rights Group has called on two bodies to review the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. It is vital that both bodies choose to review to explore freedom of information in Scotland from two distinct perspectives: politics, and law.

June 27, 2017 | Matthew Rice

Devolved voice in Scotland vital for securing human rights in the digital age

Decisions taken in Scotland, either by the Scottish Government, through representatives in Westminster, or in Brussels via Scots MEPs are going to be of more significance than ever before. In a political landscape where the direction of travel for powers is towards more devolution it is vital that Scotland is recognised as a society with different considerations, a shared history but possibly a different future to other parts of the UK.

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