Express Exchange Engage
On 28 May 2015 I sent an email concerning my paper The Australian Government - Can we afford it to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and a range of other politicians. The email Better Government - Renewing the social contract was positive and to the…Continue
Sadly, attempts are being made to taint the festive season with #AUSterity. Just take a look at the new government issued Christmas greeting.
Well. Stuff the beige brigade. I'll have none of this. So to all…Continue
Seems like the terrorists have taken square aim at our democracy and appear to be winning.
I absolutely believe that new anti-terror laws have political ends and are not in our interests. And I don't believe any benefits from them outweigh the risks from them.
Accountability is a cornerstone of democracy and removing accountability for spy agencies, which are supposed to serve the community as a whole, is not a reason why we elect any…Continue
As if right on cue todays Canberra Times published a piece written by Fairfax's Philip Dorling concerning the tapping of the major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable. Philip says,
A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States…
On 7 August 2014 the Australian Human Rights Commission hosted the free speech 2014 symposium
The general focus of the event was,
Free speech is fundamental to a free and democratic society
But . . . is…
Interesting post on the Guardian's Australia Culture Blog by Tim Wilson - popularly known as the Freedom Commissioner - Twitter trolls have a right to offend – but we don't have to listen.
Wilson concludes by saying,
. . . we regulate speech outside laws. We self-regulate. Social norms…
The Canberra Times and PS News recently published articles concerning your views on the use of social media by public servants. There are important questions to be asked in relation to the views being communicated by yourself and the Commission to the public. Most notably:
Added by steve davies on May 8, 2014 at 11:50am — No Comments
Shock and awe
We could be forgiven for thinking that the latest round of media announcements telling public servants to shut up online was an orchestrated shock and awe strategy. One designed scare public servants off and create massive amounts of self-censorship.
OZloop has always taken a politically neutral stance. That is to say our criticisms of the Australian Public Service have not been shaped by the beliefs of any one political party.
Recent actions of the public service along with the recent media release by the current Public Service Minister and articles published in the Canberra Times are so severe in the implications that they have for open government, public interest discussions and, indeed, freedom of speech that…Continue
What we are seeing in Australia today is a veil of censorship, secrecy and the surveillance being drawn across government and Australian Public Service agencies. When it comes to monitoring by public service agencies there is a dangerous lack of transparency and accountability.
All of this is a threat our freedoms, our right to know, better government and better…Continue
Wikileaks has done the world an enormous favour by leaking intellectual property rights charter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Intellectual property rights might seem abstract for many of us. However, just consider for a moment that it is the free flow of information - of what we know, what we create, what we dream up - that makes us who we are. It is what shapes the sort of society we live in and, in a very practical…Continue
I am far and away not a conspiracy theorist. Unlike many senior officials within Australian Public Service agencies I do not see threat at every turn.
Furthermore, unlike senior officials within corporate areas ranging from human resources through to compliance and communication areas I do not operate in clandestine and cowardly ways to manipulate employees and the community. Neither do I seek to repress free speech. I detest abusive administrative regimes that cause…Continue
Today is the start of World Innovation and Creativity Week. What better day to release a social media freedom charter for Australian public servants.
The charter stands in contrast to the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct and the practices of many APS agencies. As we have seen and written about many a time on OZloop the practices of APS agencies do not reflect enlightened democratic values.
Undermining FOI and Open Government
The primary purpose of this post was (and still is), to provide an update on my freedom of information request to Comcare, the Australian Public Service Commission and there Australian Taxation Office. My request concerned the monitoring of OZloop and was quite detailed. If you haven't read it already, you might like to do so …Continue
Back in January 2011 I wrote a discussion paper entitled The public service in a Wikileaks world. I posted this paper online and distributed it to colleagues within the Australian Public Service. I also distributed it to members of the social media community I had established within the Taxation…Continue
The Manifesto resonates well with me given the content of the…Continue
Added by steve davies on January 11, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
On 22 My 2011 I put up a post on Ozloop entitled Freedom of professional expression - Freedom of association.
There is a lot of serendipity about at the moment. The UNESCO report Freedom of connection : Freedom of expression released this month being a case in…Continue
Added by steve davies on June 5, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments
I've been thinking about the comment made on my post APS Reform, Innovation and Gov 2.0 - Lighting the spark. I've lost count of the number of public servants who have told me that they are receiving contradictory messages. High level and public approval in relation to social media on one hand.…Continue
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