Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017

Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI9 November 2017 For the second year, thanks to Building Change Trust, which provides financial support to FactCheckNI, I was able to attend the annual World Forum for Democracy event in Strasbourg, France. This year’s title was “Is populism a problem?” and […]

Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy @WFDemocracy Strasbourg 2016

OPINION: Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy: World Forum for Democracy: Strasbourg 2016by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI7 November 2016 The 600 seats of the hemicycle of the Council of Europe soon filled with young activists and seasoned practitioners at the 2016 gathering of the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. I attended as part […]

Changing the conversation with e-petitions in Northern Ireland

Mairaid McMAHON presentation on e-petitions for Northern Ireland. Xchange Summer School, LIFE Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Changing the conversation with e-petitions in Northern Ireland by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation 16 June 2016 As part of the Xchange Summer School, Mairaid McMahon announced the launch of e-petitions in Northern Ireland, which is scheduled to appear […]

Northern Ireland Foundation wins civic activism award

Northern Ireland Foundation wins civic activism awardby Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation16 July 2015 The Northern Ireland Foundation is delighted to have been given an award from Building Change Trust, to pursue a civic activism project on digital fact checking in Northern Ireland. Working with Transformative Connections, our aim is to tackle the problem […]

Attacking democracy from within – Israel

Attacking democracy from within – Israel

I was troubled to read The Economist article on Hanin Zoabi, an Arab member of Israel’s parliament, being attacked inside the Knesset by another female parliamentarian, Anastassia Michaeli. Not Israel’s finest hour for parliamentary democracy: After Michaeli was physically removed, Zoabi was allowed to continue. She was to speak for only one minute, but because of the constant […]