[LINK] Government Open discusssion isnt always Open Discussion.

Pia Waugh greebo at pipka.org
Tue May 5 03:14:56 AEST 2009

In-Reply-To: <mailman.4324.1241456572.3285.link at mailman.anu.edu.au>

> Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 20:51:46 +1000
> From: "Tom Koltai"<tomk at unwired.com.au>
> Subject: [LINK] Government Open discusssion isnt always Open
> 	Discussion.
> It would appear that Senator Lundy's Public sphere is not designed to
> encourage open and informed debate as the introduction and source would
> seem to infer.
> I posted the following comment on
> http://www.katelundy.com.au/2009/04/29/public-sphere-1-high-bandwidth-fo
> r-australia/
> Which fro some reason didn't pass the moderators editing pencil - in
> toto.

That is well explained on the "moderation policy" linked from that page. It
is a very very new site, and while I get the Senator and her staff
comfortable with blogging, commenting and Twittering, we'll be doing full
moderation for probably a grand total of 2 or 3 weeks (and we are at week 2

I completely understand some of the cynicism we are receiving, but it would
be great if people would give us feedback, rather than assuming the worst.
We are trying to create more open and online ways to participate in
Government, and lists like this have an enormous amount of knowledge and
feedback that can help with that, so I look forward to constructive
feedback. We want to create a living breathing example of how online and
public engagement with the community can be a good thing, and we hope our
efforts will result is good examples to encourage other parliamentarians to
move towards open and online approaches.

Tom, your comment was just in the queue, and was moderated within a few
hours. It is now on the website. Thanks for the contribution.


   "He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire."
                                 - Lao-tzu

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