Posts in ‘eDemocracy’

Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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An Aussie sport worth cheering

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Only rarely I forward intact a message from another site, usually this one, the Institute for Public Accuracy (which incidentally really needs a correlate in OZ). A big tip of the hat to Australian Julian Assange and his team at Wikileaks. Although I laugh heartily at Stephen Colbert, he is often the best comentary available on […]

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Bad timing

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

As reported on Australian eDemocracy Special Minister of State Gary Nairn is calling for submissions on the idea of a Government Blog for Australia. Full marks to the government for coming up with the idea, but their timing couldn’t be worse. Submissions have to be in by 1 December, one of the possible dates for […]

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Wikipedia gets precious, and not so brilliant

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia that is open to anyone to edit, unless you happen to work for a member of the US Congress. Then, ironically, you apparently have less rights than other people. There have been some recent examples of Congress staff tampering with their boss’s, or other’s, details. The most recent one involves […]

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Where’s Casey?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

It’s nowhere near as good as the classic “Where’s Rudy” attack ad of Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone, but http://wherescasey.com/, the work of Republican Senator Rick Santorum is worth a look. “Where’s Casey” is an attempt to exploit the web in a humourous way, although I found it a bit boring poking around with my mouse. […]

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GetUp changes tactics

Friday, March 17th, 2006

So far online campaigning organisation GetUp! has concentrated on encouraging people to send emails and online advertisements to members of parliament lobbying them on various issues. This might have won them some new friends, but probably not many converts. It would have had little effect on Coalition MPs, who weren’t going to follow the electronic […]

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Galvanising the fourth estate

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

The media is the other missing ingredient in the eDemocracy tiramisu (see my blog post of 16th August for the context). That was part of the theme of a joint presentation by Terry Flew and me given on the third day of the eDemocracy conference. While it was joint, it was a two part presentation […]

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eDemocracy or eBureaucracy

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Who or what is eDemocracy about? That’s a question I posed to a panel at the United Nations International Conference on Engaging Communities currently being held in Brisbane. I’ve been to a few conferences on eDemocracy recently and one thing always strikes me – there are generally no politicians there, apart from the ones filling […]

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Department of Over-and-Under Communication

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

This post will probably cruel our chances of ever winning an ITOL Grant, but I just can’t resist. Information Technology On Line is a programme meant to provide development capital of up to $200,000 per project to eBusiness initiatives on a dollar for dollar basis. What On Line Opinion and National Forum do is eBusiness. […]

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Democrats invite pleb pundits aka bloggers inside

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

It won’t happen this election season in Australia, but bloggers are joining the mainstream in the US. According to Wired News in this story “Blogging against Convention” the Democrats have invited 35 bloggers in to cover their convention. The Dems even have their own official blogger, Eric Schnure. Amongst those invited one, “Wonkette”, otherwise known […]

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