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  • Blog Post: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

    At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service...
  • Blog Post: Politics and Technology Forum – Openness and Transparency in Politics

    Last week (1 June), Microsoft Australia supported by Open Forum, hosted its third Politics & Technology Forum at Parliament House Canberra, attended by public servants, political bloggers, representatives from political parties and the media. The Forum, hosted by Mark Pesce , Inventor, writer, educator...
  • Blog Post: Federal Government releases National Digital Economy Strategy

    The Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy this morning released the Federal Government’s National Digital Economy Strategy . The Strategy is the product of over 18 months work by the Minister’s Department. It articulates the Government’s...
  • Blog Post: Politics & Technology

    (Cross posted from OpenForum.com.au ) I'm delighted to have been invited to visit Australia in June to be the keynote speaker at The Microsoft Australia Politics and Technology Forum . I am highly political but completely untechnological, and yet I am regarded as being at the forefront of political technology...
  • Blog Post: Do we trust the internet?

    Technology and politics is more interwoven than ever before. We’ve seen sensitive government information being revealed on Wikileaks, and mobilisation of communities across the Middle East using social media resulting in regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and unrest in Libya and Bahrain. The first...
  • Blog Post: Leaders could face up to voters with a full web debate

    Cross posted from The Punch We are all familiar with the television debates between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition that occur in the lead up to a Federal election - but are Australians ready for online election debates? Last month, NSW held what was billed as the first election...
  • Blog Post: Data Online – it can be so

    Lindsay Tanner’s Taskforce 2.0 are getting down to the hard yards of working through how to democratically engage Australia’s public in the cause of more open government. In the way of all collective activity I can imagine they will have a few teething issues to sort through. Some will be administrative...
  • Blog Post: Australian Trial – Digital Democracy

    Let me be honest – I titled this blog ‘Digital Democracy ” not because I wanted to discuss that subject particularly but rather to get more attention on the web through the search engines. My digital media friends have a few tricks. Such is the reality of a world of mass information. Underlying this...
  • Blog Post: Culture Change – A Web 2 Far?

    Yesterday’s announcement by Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner and Special Minister of State, Senator Joe Ludwig, of a taskforce to investigate how the Australian Government can use new ‘Web 2.0’ approaches to expand the uses of Commonwealth information and improve the way government consults and engages...
  • Blog Post: Access to Government Information – Time to Ask the Big Questions

    There are times when it may seem that a glacier moves faster than change in the public service. I declare an interest – I spent six years in the Federal Department of Finance in the late 80s and early 1990s at a time when ‘significant’ changes were made to the Federal Government’s budget processes. They...
  • Blog Post: Budget Estimates May Shine Light on Economic Strategy

    Earlier today (Monday May 25) the Senate began committee investigations into the 2009-2010 Federal Budget. The Budget Estimates hearings will take place all of this week (including if necessary Friday) and all of next week (again including Friday if necessary). Senate Estimate hearings are broadcast...
  • Blog Post: Obama, Rudd, Politics and the Web

    "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive!." I only ever knew this quote as one of my father's 'words of wisdom'. I have since learnt that it is credited to the great Scottish author and novelist Sir Walter Scott. While the quote expresses a due caution to all it is...
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