Archive for June, 2008

Byte into IT

The podcast of my first RRR show is up. I didn’t get much of a word in edgewise until my segment near the end. I talked about OLPC, digital archiving at the National Library, and Geek Girl Dinners Melbourne. I’m on again on Wednesday 9th July.

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Microsoft Politics & Technology event, 25 June, Canberra

In point form, because I’m a dirty lazy blogger.

*Ended up sitting back in the corner at "that table" with the other dirty bloggers & Crikey types.
*Twittered from the event, until my broadband *and* mobile phone crapped out. (twitter name: stokely)
*Heckled Joe Hockey, twice.
*Met & had a drink with Antony Green, the ABC’s pollster.
*Got to meet Senator Andrew Bartlett and thank him for his work (he’s leaving the Senate this week).
*Got to enjoy hearing Joe Hockey say publicly that he hates to admit it, but Crikey is one of the best sources of political news in Australia. :)
*Got to pimp OpenAustralia.org to the forum. w00t.
*Met someone who’s starting a communist party in the ACT.

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Blogging

Since Crikey doesn’t have the ability to host proper blogs yet, I thought I’d dust off this old thing and start using it again. Hello. :)

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OpenAustralia.org beta – a tool for online democracy in Australia

I’ve just plastered this news all over Crikey, but had to give OpenAustralia.org a big plug here too. This is a project – based on open source principles -to put Hansard (the official report of the debates and proceedings of Parliament) online and make it searchable. People in the open source community have been talking about doing this for a while – don’t underestimate what a big task it must have been. How wonderful it’s happening!

Inspired by the UK’s They Work for You project, OpenAustralia also lets you look up your local representative, see what they’ve been talking about in Parliament, and get stats on their work.

For example, when I look up my local MP, I can see the issues he’s recently broached in parliament, and that he’s spoken in 41 debates in the last year, among other information.

 All the software behind this project is open source and freely available here Рso please consider yourself encouraged to pitch in and help this fantastic online project devoted to helping people see what their pollies are doing.

Congratulations to the team behind OpenAustralia – Matthew Landauer, Katherine Szuminska, Bruno Mattarollo, Matthew Panetta and Wade Millican. :)

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