Week 6, Government and Communication

I was tasked with signing an e-petition. Here is my receipt to that.

I was also tasked with posting a comment on a professional bloggers blog. For this I picked the WordPress Daily Blog called Digging Deeper in the Image Editor. It was a very informational post explaining an easy way for people to use the WordPress blog easier with images. The blogger actually ended up commenting to a lot of blog posts as well answering questions which I found helpful too.

In order to contact the president of the United States there are a couple of hoops to jump through. This is naturally understandable because there are a lot of people within the United States that may have some concerns that they wish to speak directly with the president about. There also may be a lot of trollers out there that would just give him a hard time. The most efficient way to get a response from the president is to send him a letter. The next would be to comment online on the president’s website, though that may just be some guy that is not the president responding. You can also call the white house but it is doubtful that Obama will take your call.

There have been several acts passed within Australia that prohibit Internet use. The first is the Broadcasting Services Act of 1992 which prohibited a lot of sites dubbed for 18+. The next act was the Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill of 2004 which had a harsh impact on service providers. The next was the Suicide Related Materials Offence Act in 2006. This prohibited people from talking about suicide in a good light. As of right now there is  “clean feed” movement that forces Internet service providers to filter content of websites that the Australian Communications and Media Authority deem unclean.

The NBN is going to be an attempt by the Australian government to improve the Internet and phone line access to every home in Australia. This will benefit people all throughout Australia by giving them the ability to have Internet and a secure phone line. This will also help businesses if they decide to use it. I cannot find any information about payments or anything, but if it was free Internet that would be awesome. More likely than not though is that it will only give people the ABILITY to access the Internet and not so much provide it for them. They’ll still have to pay. NBN will allow people with it in their home to pick from several providers.

Since I am an abroad student I do not know much about Queensland politics but let me see if I can find someone I like. I found Hon Jarrod Bleijie. He is a member of the Liberal National Party and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice which is what caught my eye. Looks like a good guy. I could not find where his most recent speech was but I found one from July 15th, 2013 in which he thanked volunteers for their time and effort in helping others. This was a very heartwarming speech so I emailed him at Kawana@parliament.qld.gov.au to tell him how volunteer service is important and I like his style.

In the lecture we talked about cyberpolitics. This is about the overarching power structure within the Internet which is put in place by the people using the Internet. This of course leads to actual politics. eDemocracy is the discussion of how the Internet has an effect on the world outside of the Internet and more specifically, the government.  The question that is proposed in this weeks lecture is whether our form of government now is comparable to the actual idea of democracy that has been laid down. Democracy in its truest form is when every single person within a nation has the exclusive right to govern themselves, having a say in every matter, big or small. But this is almost impossible nowadays because there are so many people and voices to be heard. Though as I am thinking about it now, it may actually be possible. It would be a huge and controversial switch, but perhaps the government could go digital. It would have to be the most secure function of the Internet on the planet but perhaps, instead of people having to go out and physically cast votes people could cast them from their computer. Two big problems with voting is that people are too lazy to go out and vote and people are too uninformed about the issues that the vote deals with. By putting it online it would eliminate the need for people to leave their computer screens but also allow for people to read up on the issue while they decide. Forums could be set up allowing people to discuss their feelings just within the voting webpage. A nice technology that allows people to communicate about issues of government. There could be issues about fraud and people voting more than once but that would be fixed by the security of the system. It could just work.

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