Inquiry into the Impact of Social Media on Victorian Elections and Victoria’s Electoral Administration

Terms of Reference

Self referenced by the Committee on 26 February 2014

That the Electoral Matters Committee, pursuant to Section 33(3) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 (Vic), inquires into the impact of social media on Victorian elections and Victoria’s electoral administration.

The Committee should consider:

a) The impact of social media technologies on the Victorian electoral process, focusing on how social media platforms such as Twitter and Google are used for political communication and whether current regulations regarding the authorisation of political content on social media are appropriate;

b) Whether online electoral advertising, such as Google Adwords, is appropriately regulated in Victoria; and

c) How social media and new communications technologies are used by the Victorian Electoral Commission and the Parliament to engage Victorians and improve knowledge of electoral processes.

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