U.K. Election

What Questions Should A Computer Actually Ask?

Brian Cooper | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Tech
Brian Cooper

As Stephen Hawking points out, that it's not AI that's dangerous, but the goals we're setting it. AI doesn't have a moral compass. It has a goal. If I programme it to take over the world, it'll try its damndest - it won't care about its carbon footprint or emotional collateral damage on the way.

After The Legislative Elections, Will Macron's Honeymoon Last?

Dr Itay Lotem | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Itay Lotem

As most Macron-related article conclude, these are early days. Macron's personality is winning the elections, but the hard work is only about to begin. Will he be able to work with what may be the largest majority in the history of the French 5th Republic to alleviate some of the problems that beset France? From chronic unemployment to thorny race relations, the list is long. At the very least, however, it is refreshing to observe a French politician able to score points on cautious optimism.

Why We Need A Green Future For Britain

Bruce Bratley | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Bruce Bratley

As Britain woke up to the results of the general election and yet more uncertainty, one thing became clear: this election and Brexit provides both challenges and opportunities for green issues in the UK and beyond.

Theresa May Is Selling Out Women And The LGBT Community To Cling To Power And It's Not Okay

Kerry Abel | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry Abel

We should stand with our LGBT friends and family, and demand that our rights are not sold off as part of a squalid deal to prop up a failed government. It is not time to be complacent about the rights to control our bodies and live our lives.

Where To Now With Education?

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Clare Owen

Education needs better, fairer funding. It needs stability, not change for its own sake and increased uncertainty. It needs recognition of actual problems and innovative thinking in solving them. This can only happen if channels of communication between all those who have a stake in the education community are kept open. Whoever is in office, we must make sure that the education debate continues.

A New Era Of Politics

Natasha Barrett | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Things clearly need to change and I know I'm not alone in thinking this; people are beginning to put their foot down and say enough is enough. So despite my major fears for a Tory/DUP coalition, I am incredibly excited to see the positive impact of a new meaning of 'people power'. We won't let them get away with any old policies anymore!

Five Ways The New Government Can Heal Divisions Between The Generations

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Tackling intergenerational inequity is the challenge of our times. Economic measures are required urgently to address the housing crisis and develop fairer taxation. But we also need to bring older and younger people together to discuss mutual concerns and provide shared spaces which can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages.

LIVE: Who Has Won The General Election? It's Become Quite Complicated

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW UK votes for hung parliament with Tories falling short of majority Theresa May will visit Queen at 12.30pm (BST) to seek p...

MPs Are There To Serve The People - Their Oath Should Reflect That

Graham Smith | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Graham Smith

Millions of us are heading to the polls today to decide the future of our country - and to choose our MP. For all its flaws, this is a huge exercise in democracy, and one we can all be proud of. Too often we take for granted the power to change government peacefully and democratically. But it is a hard won right and one which too many people continue to have to fight for.

Practicing Politics In The Digital Age: Websites, Apps And Tools To Engage

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

Although voter turnout is lower than in years gone by, it's been on the up since 2001, in part helped by the rise in digital technologies which has made politics more accessible and digestible for the general public.

Will Artificial Intelligence Squash Democracy Or Make Elections Fairer?

Catherine Elliston | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Tech
Catherine Elliston

As the UK prepares for an election on Thursday, we should be alert to the hidden tactics that could influence the result. But it's also damaging to be dystopian. As with many aspects of our rapidly changing world, AI could fundamentally disrupt democracy or bolster it, and the outcome will depend on our actions. It's our responsibility to ensure that the opportunities are maximised just as the risks are minimised.

Voting For Our NHS, Schools And Essential Public Services

Linsey Wynton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Linsey Wynton

Visiting the polling station with your parents on election day isn't your traditional family day out. But my son aged six and twins aged four have asked to come along. They know it's also their future we will be voting for.

Three Reasons To Stop Costing Manifestos

Rob Adam | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Adam

Manifestos from all parties have followed the same logic, imprisoned by the terms of a debate they did not set. The blind following the blind. Parties should recognise this and, at the next election, follow Theresa May in not costing their manifestos at all.

Theresa May Has Proven She Is Not Fit To Protect Britain

Adam Manuel | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Manuel

If the terrible events of this week have proven anything, it's that Theresa May has a callus regard for the safety of British citizens. She wants to be the Iron Lady, Thatcher mark II, but if we are to judge her on her record -- which we all should -- it's clear that all she has is an iron heart.

Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn: A Very Real Possibility (In Five Years' Time)

Toby Gould | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

Assuming May wins this election, which I am, this won't necessarily be the end of Corbyn. If he increases Labour's vote share significantly, which currently looks very likely, he will be able to stay on as leader.

On 8 June This Country Can Really Change - But Only If You Force It To

Bradley Allsop | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

As I said, I've learnt a lot over the past few years campaigning, but perhaps the key thing I learnt was something no one ever tells us, because if really taken to heart the country would change overnight: you don't need to be knowledgeable, charismatic, ruthless or rich to be 'political': you just need to be angry.

Will Cyber-Attackers Hack The UK Election? I Don't Think So

Chris Pogue | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Pogue

The UK General Election is now only a week away, and it arrives against the backdrop of media hype and coverage surrounding possible attempts by hackers to influence national elections (see: US, French elections).

If This Election's About Anything It's About Common Human Decency

John Wight | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Wight

If nothing else, the success of the Tories in turning us into passive spectators of the mass experiment in human despair they have inflicted on the most vulnerable in society should be foremost in our minds when we cast our vote on June 8.

Voting For Education

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Clare Owen

The Conservative Manifesto makes reference to the intake of selective schools, but not to the end result of their re-introduction: a two-tier education system within which different children have access to different opportunities, not the 'Great Meritocracy' claimed. For this election, let's remember what the real problems facing education are and focus on what needs to happen to deliver an education system fit for the 21st century to every child.

An Industry In Peril - Concerns For The Post-Brexit Culinary Landscape

Joseph Gann | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Joseph Gann

Never once in a professional kitchen have I heard complaint about 'bloody foreigners taking our jobs'. Far more likely to be discussed over the stoves is a lack of staff and desire. It is of paramount importance and deep concern that current post-election,Theresa May's playing politics with post-brexit Government proposals will have Britain's restaurant industry on it's knees. Don't let this happen. Please vote.

Debate: Theresa May Doesn't Respect Or Trust the Voters

Bob Morgan | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

What is at the heart of this is that Theresa May and 'her team' do not respect or trust ordinary voters enough to make a judgement - and that can't be good for this country. She and they don't even trust core Tory voters enough to have Mrs May show a bit of courage under adversity and earn their respect.

Hillary Rodham Clinton On Fake News And Misogyny

Philip Ellis | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Ellis

"I'm not going anywhere," she says. "I have a big stake in what happens in this country. I'm unbowed and unbroken about what happened. I don't want it to happen to anyone else, or to happen to the values or institutions I care about... We're at a very pivotal point, so I'm going to keep writing, and talking, and supporting the people who are on the front lines of the resistance."

Why I'm Ignoring Facebook And The Media During This Election

Elizabeth Sharma | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Sharma

When Brexit burst my bubble, I decided it was time to get out of the echo chamber of left-leaning press that Facebook was feeding me. I started readi...

Which Political Party Has The Best Proposals On Mental Health?

Ed Pinkney | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

The manifestos of the three largest parties collectively contain 75 references to mental health -- 70 more than the respective manifestos in 2010, excluding the indexes. Those that have read the recently released manifestos could be forgiven for remembering little of what was said, because despite extended paragraphs, there are few quantifiable pledges.

How It Feels To Be A 'Leftie' Living In A Tory Heartland

Megan Ward | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Megan Ward

Of course voting is only one part of the democratic process, and for the past 3 years I have participated in politics both in demonstrations and online. I will continue to be active in whatever ways I can. But if only my vote actually counted for something, perhaps it wouldn't all be necessary.