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The Internet: Enhancing Democracy Krista
The constant flow of "information bubbling up from below" and online activist movements can pose a challenge or even a threat for government organizations that may be limited by budgets, time and resources. My experience as a municipal communicator has lead me to explore Maria Bakardjieva's research around the "capacity of the Internet to enhance democracy through the multiplication and enrichment of the everyday practices of citizenship."

Social network organization Krista
Social network organization
Encouraging meaningful conversations between stakeholders and building strong community networks within a globally connected environment is an ongoing challenge for municipal governments. Alberta Municipal Affairs recognizes that "relationships among people are a critical element of municipal business," but developing these relationships in today's fast-paced, uber-connected world is becoming increasingly complex.

Connecting through meaningful relationships Krista
Connecting through meaningful relationships
Although I have an online profile, my strongest networks are offline. At 40-something, I am part of an over-achieving, overcommitted, over-programmed generation of double income professionals. So, perhaps I should be thinking about maximizing my professional social networks and generating value through existing connections.

Privacy: steps to protect yourself, your kids Krista
Privacy: steps to protect yourself, your kids
Privacy is becoming an increasing concern on the internet. Government systems have increasingly taken over the Internet and extended their surveillance capabilities so that we are all being watched, all the time.