Internet drives Australian policy rethink

The rise of internet enabled peer production as a social force necessitates a rethink about how policy and politics is done in Australia.It is only recently that the far reaching impact of the internet’s ability to connect people, places and information has been widely recognised.The internet is now routinely the cause of new fortunes, ruined careers and overnight celebrity. It generates vast amounts of social value – culture, information, activism – often at very low or zero cost.This new mode of production is known in the academic literature as peer production, but is more commonly referred to as Web 2.0. It is a trend that applies to much more than the creation of cultural goods, although these goods, such as the innumerable YouTube video mashups which poke fun at politicians, are acting as the harbingers of change.

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