E-petitions are an important democratic tool but they need to be part of something bigger to really change things.
It’s a lazy form of activism, but that doesn’t mean signing online petitions is useless.
Even if nothing happens immediately, petitions are one of many ways we can help build long-term change.
Opposition supporters outside Kenya’s Supreme Court.
Some might see Kenya's presidential election petition as 'nuisance legislation'. But legal arbitration must be encouraged as an audit to the democratic process.
The internet has been the bogeyman of democracy over the last 12 months. It's time to harness its power and redress the balance.
Look out, 4chan’s about.
When politics and political institutions are trolled by the internet, the outlook is grim.
Rwandan president Paul Kagame has long benefited from the support of the US.
Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, has carefully orchestrated a constitutional reform that allows him to remain in power for the next 18 years.
Online petitions almost certainly do not hold the same weight with their targets as offline petitions do.
Online petitions send a certain signal to politicians and other leaders: we care, but maybe not enough to get off our seats.
Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010.
As the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of…