Areeq Chowdhury is the Founder and Chief Executive of the voluntary, youth-led, think tank WebRoots Democracy (the Institute for Digital Democracy).
Areeq was born and brought up in Manchester and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham where he began researching the relationship between the internet and political participation. After graduating in 2013, he moved to London and has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the London Assembly, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and KPMG.
At the age of 21, he founded WebRoots Democracy which has been leading the campaign for online voting in UK elections. He has authored and edited two reports on the topic: Viral Voting (2015) and Secure Voting (2016).
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