Why We Need a ‘None of the Above’ Option for Ballot Papers

None of the Above (NOTA) is a ballot option in some countries and it allows the voter to express their disapproval of all the candidates and parties listed. Those who are in favour of it argue that a truly democratic process should entitle citizens to express non-consent, as well as consent. NOTA has been adopted…

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David Cameron Plans to Censor Online Pornography

The PM delivered a speech today at the NSPCC headquarters and promised to crack down on online pornography, for the purpose of making the internet a safe place for children. (The full speech can be read here). He said that online pornography should be blocked by default and has warned that new laws will only…

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Democracy 2.0: Internet-Based Voting

Recently, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, has said that the province should test online voting in the form of a pilot project during the upcoming by-election. Essensa issued a massive 271-page report (called the Alternative Voting Technologies Report) on the issue, in which he claimed that we should embrace technological changes in order to…

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The Right to Bear Arms – Is This a Necessary Freedom?

The right to bear arms is the right of the people to have their arms for their own defence. It is a right which many see as ‘American’ since it is a hot topic of debate there, but it has been described by philosophers such as Aristotle, Cicero, and John Locke; writing way before this…

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Woman From El Salvador Demands the Right to an Abortion

A woman in El Salvador is struggling for her life. Going by the name of ‘Beatriz’ in order to preserve her anonymity, she is 22 years old and critically ill. She is now about 24 weeks pregnant, with an anencephalic, non-viable fetus: basically, the fetus’ brain has been deformed in such a way that it…

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