Exploring the concepts within Australian media and communications
This occasional paper considers the application of citizen concepts to the
role of the ACMA as regulator of media and communications in Australia. While
debates about citizen concepts in Australian media and communications
regulation have occurred over several decades, recent developments such as the
rise of social networking and the availability of Web 2.0 tools have
reinvigorated the idea of citizen participation in public services.
This is an introductory paper which focuses on the ACMA's relationship to
citizens within the sphere of its regulatory responsibilities, informed by
research of key government and academic literature. In the course of
considering the ACMA's regulatory role, the paper explores general concepts
relating to 'the citizen' in recent public policy discussions, as discussed in
government and academic contexts. These include the UK experience and
Australian Public Service initiatives.
The paper outlines the background to current public policy discussions and
provides a starting point for exploring the ACMA's role in relation to
citizens. It is a work in progress and open to evolution as issues arise, and
the ACMA welcomes feedback on the paper.
The paper 'Citizens' and the ACMA - Exploring the concepts within Australian
media and communications regulation' is one in a series of occasional papers
exploring current issues in regulation. The ACMA's occasional papers form part
of its ongoing research program, which is designed to ensure the ACMA meets its
statutory reporting and advisory obligations and to assist the ACMA in making
decisions as an evidence-informed regulator.
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