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Crime, Justice & Extremism

Find out more about our topics relating to societal issues, authorities & the law, and attitudes & extremism

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Do we take cyber crime seriously?

26th April - 03rd May 2024

In 2024, there have been a number of high-profile headlines about the increased sophistication of cyber attacks. For this VoteTopic, we asked voters to explore how seriously they take their cyber safety and encouraged them to build their understanding of the risks that come with being online.

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Does money compensate for injustice?

19th - 26th January 2024

Following much discussion in recent weeks, voters explored the Horizon scandal and the impact of ITV’s Mr Bates vs The Post Office on public opinion. They considered what happened at the time, what has happened since, and whether financial reimbursement can make up for the poor treatment hundreds of
subpostmasters received.

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Should opinions be shared as part of news reporting?

13th - 20th October 2023

For this VoteTopic, we were fortunate enough to work with Facing History & Ourselves, which focuses on the news, impartiality, and differentiating fact from fiction. By exploring the ways that opinion is expressed in news reporting, voters reflected on how helpful personal views are in expanding our understanding of the wider world.

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Are extreme right-wing views persuasive to young people?

19th - 26th May 2023

Following the rise in extreme right-wing views and the young people caught up in them, this VoteTopic took a closer look at some examples of extreme viewpoints and how they are persuasive to young people. Voters also had the opportunity to look at some of the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that lead to extremism and radicalisation.

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Should we blame influencers for online harm?

03rd February - 10th February 2023

To mark Safer Internet Day on 7th February 2023, our voters explored the nature and purpose of influencer culture online. They discussed how influencers make money through advertising and social media and the effects this can have on the young people who consume their content. Finally, they decided whether influencers are responsible for negative online repercussions or if online harm is outside their level of control.

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