Political Engagement in the Australian Digital Context

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    This paper is in three main sections and is based on approximately ten years of my research into digital political engagement in Australia. I focus first on how young citizens use digital media to engage in politics, and show that these shifts have increased political equality by including more voices in public life. I particularly focus on the idea of engaged citizenship where processes of personalisation and storytelling now dominate, and there has been a shift away from the norms of the dutiful citizen with set allegiances and ideologies. Second, I consider how new advocacy organisations have emerged that use digital tools to change and challenge traditional politics and the existing policy agenda. Lastly, in thinking about the role for representative government in this new and changing environment, I introduce the idea of digital rights that brings to the fore current concerns about commercial social media platforms' collection and targeting of data, as well as contentious issues such as privacy, surveillance and freedom of speech.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)93-115
    JournalPapers on Parliament
    Volume69
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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