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Whither Pacific ‘traditional’ media? Internet technology in political education and participation

Volume 13, Issue 2

September, 2007

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Anderson, K. (2007). Whither Pacific ‘traditional’ media? Internet technology in political education and participation. Pacific Journalism Review, 13(2): 94-111.
Author(s): Kylie Anderson
Publication date: 
September, 2007

‘Digital Democracy’ and ‘digital government’ are relatively new concepts posing challenges for governments, journalists, political analysts and political scientists. Written from a political science perspective, this article provides an overview of selected Pacific Island government efforts on the web and assesses the contribution this makes to political education, on one level, and building egalitarian democracies on another level. Providing a brief survey of internet developments in the area of government within 12 selected Pacific Island countries, the argument is made that, while any additional education in the broad area of politics is welcome, there are still challenges that exist and room for progress. Given current technological capabilities around the region, more ‘traditional’ forms of media still have a vital role to play.