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The politics of Twittering - in India

The politics of Twittering - in India

There are a lot of fairly shallow ‘gee whiz’ type stories around about the growing use of Twitter and other social media by politicians. But while a lot of it is fairly faddish – not dissimilar to the rash of ‘wow, a politician is using a blog!‘ stories of a couple of years ago which […]

Blogging resistance to Fiji's military dictatorship

Blogging resistance to Fiji's military dictatorship

Kevin Rudd has said that Fiji is now “virtually a military dictatorship”.  I’m not sure what else needs to happen before the word “virtually” gets dropped, but whatever term you want to use, it sure isn’t democracy – especially with the latest censorship crackdown. The dictatorship’s Secretary for Information, Major Neumi Leweni, is kindly providing ‘information officers’ […]

Queensland - retirements and web launches one day, election the next?

Queensland - retirements and web launches one day, election the next?

Media speculation that an early state election will be called in Queensland has been going since before Christmas.  I guess if people keep predicting an election is about to be called, they’ll be right eventually.  Certainly the fact that there has been a steady stream of state Labor MPs announcing they will retire at the […]

Rights blog stops as rights debate begins

Rights blog stops as rights debate begins

A new year is usually a time when people make some changes, but I am disappointed to see that one of these changes is the decision of Jeremy Gans to bring a halt to his Charterblog, which forensically followed the progress of Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights, and the impact (or in most cases lack of […]

Tanner matches words with action (through more words)

Tanner matches words with action (through more words)

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner was “in the early stages of organising a trial government blog. The purpose of the experiment will be to explore the possibilities for government participation in blogging.” To his credit, Mr Tanner is following through with the same notion of using online forums to encourage […]

Radio National Media Report looks at blogging &(un)civil discourse

Radio National Media Report looks at blogging &(un)civil discourse

The main reason I was interested in blogging when I was a politician was to provide another way for people to access information about aspects of the political process, and to see if I could get useful feedback from people about some of my ideas and activities. To me, the comments are the most interesting […]