Vodafone’s Nightmare Scenario Just the Tip of the Wire

Tweet Vodafone has published a global report on government access to its networks, including data on the number of warrants issued for legal interception of content. The report reveals confirms the existence of direct-access systems that allow agencies to listen in on pretty much any call they want, and for which telcos have no information ...

They All Come Tumbling Down

They All Come Tumbling Down
Tweet Rural and regional journalism in Australia might soon be a lot poorer if suggestions in The Australian of a rout at Fairfax come to pass. The Murdoch daily says Fairfax is considering closure of between 30 and 65 regional and rural papers, including at least six in the Illawarra-South Coast. They include: Illawarra Mercury ...

One Year Thyroid Free

One Year Thyroid Free
Tweet May 1 is something of an anniversary for me – it’s a year today since my thyroid and the tumour attached to it were removed. So, what’s changed? What’s happened? What did I learn in that time? Perhaps just as importantly, what has stayed the same? I’ll start with a change. A colleague and ...

PhD Pathways

Tweet Given my experiences of the last year, and my impending wedding, I’ve started to wonder whether staying enrolled in my PhD as a full-time student and part-time worker is the best option for my stage of life. You need to fit these things to your life, and it might be right for me to ...

On #HoldenAd and @WSC_Media 1

On #HoldenAd and @WSC_Media
Tweet Scene: Boardman Rd, Bowral, NSW, Australia. A quiet residential street. Enter: Holden, with location sourcing company Sach Australia, production company Exit Films, Wingecarribee Shire Council and Cato Traffic & Logistics. Tweet

Digital democracy lets you write your own laws

Tweet This article was originally published at The Conversation. By Mark D. Ryan, University of Birmingham and Gurchetan S. Grewal, University of Birmingham True democracy is not just about casting a vote every five years. It means citizens being fully involved in the proposal, development and creation of laws. The Commission on Digital Democracy currently ...

Open Data Does Not Necessarily Mean Open Government

Tweet I’m republishing this piece from The Conversation because I’m interested in these issues and it has some resonance for the way I approach my work on local governments. Tweet

UniMedia

UniMedia
Tweet In 2003, Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa bought a local newspaper, Grocott’s Mail. The Uni set it up as an experiential training centre for students and plough any profits back into student bursaries. It reports your average local news stories; on the website front page today are two articles about the local council, Makana ...

Case Studies

Case Studies
Tweet I have settled on a case-study approach to my PhD research. It will focus on five local governments in the greater Illawarra region of New South Wales, considering how they form and react to public issues via participatory media. The five local governments, Wingecarribee Shire, Wollondilly Shire and Wollongong City, Shellharbour City, and Kiama Municipality, have ...

An Introduction to Participatory Media and Local Governments 4

Tweet This is an extract from my PhD research proposal review, submitted and approved in September 2013. As this is an introduction to a proposal, it is exploratory and sometimes vague. It does not contain all information and data I have collected on a particular point to the moment of writing, nor does it claim ...