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DIGITAL DEMOCRACY
What open government hides

Unfortunately, ignoring issues such as access to information and genuine efforts to incorporate public input into policies means that, for now, open government is most notable for what it hides.


  
End of online anonymity? Ontario Police and Conservative Senator support mandatory identification reforms

OPP officer Scott Naylor likened internet access to obtaining a driver’s licence or a marriage licence, noting that we provide identification for many different activities, yet there is no requirement to identify yourself when using the internet.


  
Third-parties to be required to file expenses, contributions

To uphold and reinvigorate the spirit of elections financing law, Elections Canada must begin to seriously review its current 'old media' defined terms of political advertising and campaigning.


  
Echo chamber strategy of political communication

Party strategists and insiders are seeking to define bloggers as members of the media, while at the same time reducing access to politicians and government information.


  
Dion swiftboated by 'The Shrug' picture

  
First-person politics: Netroots to take on political establishment

As Ottawa finally starts to move to an issue-based political debate, future elections will likely see a new crop of net activists moving beyond parody, symbolic and first-person politics.


  
Politics in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven

One could argue that Ottawa is in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven and with the current crop of leaders an emergent image-politics is a frighteningly dull prospect.


  
Leaders take note, knives come out in cyberspace: Web is the new political DEW Line

For Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, a leader whose first name might more aptly be changed to 'embattled,' the blogosphere serves as an early warning of things to come.


  
New digital networks challenge old party networks: U.S. primaries take to net

There are lessons to be learned from the use of new media platforms and technologies south of the border in this most interesting primary season.


  
Facebook struggles to accommodate political networking

Mixing high school friends, siblings and great aunts with party press secretaries, Garth Turner, and John Baird, might not be the best mix.


  
Canadian political blogosphere undergoes transition

Recent changes in each of the parties' respective partisan blogs' networks suggest that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for incorporating bloggers into partisan politics or campaigning.


  
Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE