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e-Democracy update - 18/10/06 - Campaigns attack with YouTube, Technology and politics dominate blogs, and World e-Gov Forum begins

18 October, 2006
By Daniel Macpherson

More US candidates using YouTube to attack

Reports indicate that more US candidates are using YouTube to campaign against opponents in the lead-up to November elections.

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Judy Topinka's campaign is using YouTube to post videos of opponent Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich cornered by reporters asking about a fund-raising scandal.

Meanwhile, Ohio Democrat candidate for US Congress Victoria Wulsin is posting advertisements attacking her opponent Republican incumbent Jean Schmidt.

Ms Wulsin says candidates can be more edgy on YouTube.

"Youtube attracts, interests and engages... a whole group of people that might not otherwise be engaged."

George Washington University political scientist Michael Cornfield says by 2008 every campaign will videotape rival candidates during public appearances and gaffes will go online almost instantly.

"YouTube is totally transforming… I expect politicians to flock to this."

Technology and Politics dominates the blogosphere

A new study shows the most influential US blogs discuss either technology or politics.

The joint-project between public relations firm Edelman and blog search engine Technorati shows that four of the top 10 blogs in the US were technology-related and another four were political.

The report also states 34 per cent of the top 100 blogs discuss technology, 26 per cent culture and 25 per cent politics.

Visit Technorati’s website.

Visit Edelman’s website.

World e-Gov Forum begins today

The World e-Gov Forum estimates 4,500 delegates from around the world will attend their event in Paris, France today.

The event runs until 20 October and includes a series of round table events to discuss the forum’s central theme question: "What connected society do we want?"

The event includes more than 150 speakers from all continents and from major companies including Cisco, Adobe and Oracle.

For more information, visit the World e-Gov Forum website.

Majority of Canadians support online voting

A recent Canadian study shows a 69 per cent preference of participants to vote online if the option is available.

Media firm Delvinia Interactive conducted a survey of 1,072 adult Canadians and asked if they prefered to vote online.

In addition to the 69 per cent of sampled participants preferring online voting, the survey also showed 82 per cent of non-voters more likely to vote if offered an online voting system.

Delvinia Interactive President Adam Froman says online voting is a clear solution to problems of voter apathy and low turnout.

"E-democracy is a winning alternative to build participation in the electoral process - especially among youth," he says.

According to the report, 73 per cent of youth voters (aged 18-34) are most likely to adopt online voting systems and 83 per cent of non-voting youth are more likely to vote with an online voting system.

For more information, visit Delvinia Interactive.

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