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section heading icon    politics and associational privacy

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A comment on the development of political databases in Australia and New Zealand is here.

     introduction 

Christopher Hunter comments in the 2001 Political Privacy and Online Politics: How E-Campaigning Threatens Voter Privacy that

the term "political privacy" would seem to be an oxymoron. After all, politics is supposed to be a fundamentally public activity. In a representational democracy we demand that the political process be open to public scrutiny and generally free from private, particularistic, unseen, and unaccountable actions. We therefore expect that votes by legislatures and courts be public and that private citizens who seek to influence the political process make known their interests (for example through mandatory disclosure of campaign contributions).











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