Post Tagged with: "conservatives"

Canadian Political Parties Practice Politics 1.0 in a Web 2.0 World

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) assess the use of the Internet in the last election.  Business increasingly recognizes the need for an Internet strategy that engages current and prospective customers.  In the just-concluded national election, many analysts anticipated an "Internet election" with sophisticated websites, active blogging, YouTube videos, Facebook groups, and rapid-fire Twitter postings. 

While the public and activist groups used the Internet to promote their candidates (partisan bloggers for each party provided a near-continuous echo chamber of commentary), issues (the Culture in Peril YouTube video had a marked impact the Quebec electorate) or to encourage strategic voting patterns (Voteforenvironment.ca received considerable attention), the political parties themselves seemed stuck with Web 1.0 strategies in a Web 2. 0 world.  Each party had the requisite websites, yet their most innovative initiatives – the Conservatives' Notaleader.ca and the Liberals' Scandalpedia.ca to name two – were quickly dismissed as juvenile sites that did more harm than good (the New Democrats' Orange Room is a notable exception).

With months of advance preparation, why did the parties perform so poorly?

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October 21, 2008 4 comments Columns

Conservatives Promise to Re-Introduce Canadian DMCA

The Conservative Party has released its platform and it devotes a half-page to copyright that leaves little doubt that it plans to bring back Bill C-61 and continue to support ACTA.  According to the platform: A re-elected Conservative Government led by Stephen Harper will reintroduce federal copyright legislation that strikes […]

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October 7, 2008 42 comments News

Campaign Perspectives on Copyright Positions

Kate Scroggins posts a great piece at Carleton's Campaign Perspectives blog on the various party's position on copyright reform.  The key positions: the Conservatives say Bill C-61 "represents where we want to go with copyright reform." the Liberals would make consultations on copyright reform a priority. the NDP would focus […]

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September 26, 2008 4 comments News

Conservatives Promise Anti-Spam Legislation

After sitting on the issue for two and a half years in government, the Conservatives today promised to introduce anti-spam legislation along the lines of that recommended by the National Anti-Spam Task Force in 2004.  As a member of that task force, this is welcome news, though it is difficult […]

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September 25, 2008 2 comments News

Culture in Peril

On the day the Liberals unveil a long list of cultural spending promises that totals over $500 million, this YouTube video provides a far more effective way to make cultural funding an election issue.

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September 20, 2008 4 comments News