May 162012
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Politicians around the world have discovered social media and the web. Australia’s political parties are gearing up to copy Barak Obama’s 2008 online campaigns.

Paul, Tony Delroy and Jeff Jarvis – Associate Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York and the author of “Public Parts: How sharing in the digital age improves the way we work and live discussed how politicians are using social media to get into your inbox.

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To show what politicians are doing with online media, here are some examples from the Obama 2008 US Presidential campaign.

  • The Art of The Possible – An overview of the Obama – Biden 2008 campaign that defined modern digital political campaigns.
  • One of the most interesting phenomenons in the 2008 Obama campaign was The Great Schlep (language warning). Can you imagine a campaign like this in Australia?
  • Blue State Digital tools were developed for the campaign. These are now being used in Australia.

Some of the topics we looked at include;

  • Australian politicians don’t seem to have used the web very well. Why is that?
  • What are the ways overseas politicians using social media?
  • How do these integrate with the political parties’ existing databases?
  • Does this fit into the term Big Data we’re hearing about businesses?
  • Doesn’t this all create opportunities for false identities and campaigns?
  • Can you keep the parties off your computer?

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