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e-Democracy update - 8/11/06 - Victoria's YouTube candidates, More Repubs online than Dems, and Protest against

08 November, 2006
By Daniel Macpherson

Candidates using YouTube for Victorian election

Candidates in the Victorian state election have uploaded video content to popular video sharing website YouTube.

Prahran Liberal candidate Clem Newton-Brown has documented his election bid in an 8 minute film on YouTube.
"It's a great way of putting something up which gives a bit of yourself so people feel they know you a bit better," Mr Newton-Brown says.

"YouTube is a new phenomenon and it's something more and more people are discovering everyday."

View Clem Newton-Brown's YouTube advertisement.

Western Victoria Democratic Labor Party (DLP) candidate Peter Kavanagh has also released a series of YouTube videos on his policies.

"Mr Bracks has a lot of money to play around with, and Mr Baillieu," Mr Kavanagh says.

"We have to use our initiative and try to be inventive... It's a very cheap process. It costs nothing to make and broadcast the YouTube videos."

View Peter Kavanagh's YouTube profile here.

More Republicans online than Democrats

Recent reports from Internet research firm Nielsen//NetRatings show more than 36 per cent of US adults online are Republicans, 30.8 per cent are Democrats and 17.3 per cent are Independents.

Nielsen//NetRatings analyst Ken Cassar says the online population is more composed of Republicans than Democrats, which shows the Republican party's higher composition within the overall electorate

"This is exacerbated by the fact that online penetration continues to be deeper among affluent households, which have historically skewed Republican," he says.

The five most popular political sites among Republicans are RushLimbaugh.com, NewsMax.com, Bill O'Reilly.com, Drudge Report and Salt Lake Tribune.

The more popular sites for Democrats are BlackAmericaWeb.com, AOL BlackVoices, BET.com, Salon.com and Village Voice.

Online protest organised against "Enemies of the Internet"

Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has organised an online protest against 13 countries they describe as "Enemies of the Internet".

Reports from the group indicate more than 60 people in such countries are in jail for posting news and information on the Internet.

The thirteen blacklisted countries includes:

The group has asked people to join a 24-hour online protest, which includes sending recorded messages to Yahoo! for being the first company to censor its own search engine for authoritative regimes.

"We wanted to mobilise net users so that when we lobby certain countries we can say that the concerns are not just ours but those of thousands of internet users around the world," said a spokesman for RSF.

For more information, visit Reporters Without Borders.

US provides a "video peek" on mid-term election

A new technology project allowed US voters to publicly document their mid-term election experiences using their mobile phone video camera.

Political group YouthNoise encouraged US voters to send "video peeks" (VEEKS) using cameras in their mobile phones, which YouthNoise can add to the Veek the Vote 2006 website.

The VEEKS allow voter to document their experience of the mid-term elections.

YouthNoise CEO Ginger Thomson says America's youth feel passionately about this upcoming election and sense it is an important moment.

"We are looking for them to shoot and send Veeks that will stir the raw emotions of other socially conscious young Americans, inspiring them to become part of the country's political dialogue."

The project is a co-development between YouthNoise and mobile communication group Veeker.

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