Herewith the links and background notes to my fortnightly chat with Jim Mora on National Radio. Had some interesting feedback on the UK Internet campaigns. Looking forward to covering this more. and on that note, I forgot to mention that the BBC seem to be gearing up for a major Internet newsroom on the election. Check here for a start.
Radio NZ Audio with thanks
The audio with Jim and I, is here, Ogg Vorbis MP3 , or click the wee player.
The social networking site Bebo - owned by AOL is rumored to be closing down.
We review the story - the AOL takeover - investment - lack of traction with audience, and the lessons learned for other social networking sites. Should Facebook be worried?
[Note: Bebo never took off in the USA - but it did in the UK and at one time was the biggest kid on the block in NZ]
Question: what happens to your stuff? Family memories - photos - videos etc?
2. UK Election - social media
We discuss the role of the Internet in the upcoming UK election.
UK Hansard Society.
Have published a study on digital campaigning, which includes an international review of past elections, including New Zealand, as well as offering some considered views on how the Internet will impact on the 2010 UK Election.
Their conclusion is that though the Internet will offer some useful, and on occasion, important tools, especially for single issue campaigns and party activists, this won't be the year of the big UK breakthrough for Internet campaigning.
We also looked at the main political party sites:
Conservatives - MyConservatives
Labour Party plus Labour Manifesto site
Plus the spoof site on the UK Labour Party - here
3. Public ACTA
In a world first for Internet democracy the organisers and participants of the Public ACTA conference in Wellington last Saturday have had their recommendations acknowledged by the NZ team who are tasked to represent NZ's interest inside this secret inter- country treaty negotiating process on new copyright frameworks.
The declarations and the principles are here:
4 Webby Awards
On the cool site front, nothing comes cooler for sites than the Webby Awards
This years opening nominations are going up today. Plus the People Nominations are open here.
[Note: apologies to on air listeners - I gave webby awards . org - not .com. ]