I've got a new Guardian column, Internet-era politics means safe seats are a thing of the past, which analyzes the trajectory of Internet-fuelled election campaigning since Howard Dean, and takes hope in the launch of I'll Vote Green If You Do.
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Andrew writes, "The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has launched their Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill.
The Bill was launched on a crowdsourced platform where members of the public are given the opportunity to shape these emerging rights and freedoms.
This is the first time a Bill has been crowdsourced by a political party in New Zealand.
The Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposes:"
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a terrible world leader among terrible world leaders: a xenophobic bigot and homophobe, committed to resource extraction economies and the destruction of social programs, who denies climate change. He's planning a visit to the state of Western Australia, and to send him off, WA Green Party Senator Scott Ludlam gave him some campaign advice -- and hope for people who despair of a world grounded in something other than kleptocratic corporatism. This is no Julia Gillard rant, but it's in the same league. Say what you will about Australian politics, they do love a fine rant.
Neoliberalism Dressing-Down: Australian Senator Ludlam on Prime Minister Tony Abbott