Thursday, 26 March 2009

UK Hansard Society: "The Online Campaign - solution or smokescreen?"

An eDemocracy event organised by the UK Hansard Society on 24 March 2009 at the House of Commons. Speakers Derek Draper (, Jonathan Isaby ( and Mark Pack ( discussed online campaigning and took questions.

The video below shows Derek Draper. The others are on the site. So no bias - have a look at al of them. all of it is on the Hustings site, here

The NZ connection
I'm starting to get really interested in the whole field of e-democracy. I'm especially interested in how literate our MP's are around social networking tools. Might do some asking around on this, starting with the basics - e.g. how many MP"s are blogging - on Twitter etc. I found the Hansard Society work on this really interesting. See their site for the details on this research.

This being New Zealand it should be easier to make these kinds of contacts. If anyone reading this is interesting in this field - or has some thoughts on e-democracy, strengths and weaknesses, why not drop me a note, or leave a comment.

Cook Islands
In the meantime I am relocating to a hammock in Rarotonga for the coming week. I am hoping it has wifi!


Simon said...

You might have already seen this, but lists NZ MPs using Twitter. Or at least who have a Twitter account!

Moira Fraser said...

Paul - not surprisingly, this is a topic I'm interested in (as are some others). We are about to kick off some thinking about Parliament in the online world and we monitor what MPs are doing in the social networking space. TWFYNZ has a good but not complete list - there are some other MPs with twitter accounts. The Australian Parliamentary Library has also done some work in this area.

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