Convergence committee goes social for media discussion

The Convergence Review Committee has established online discussion pages to engage with the public on its released framing paper

The Australian Government’s Convergence Review Committee has enlisted the help of social media to facilitate public discussion around its recently released framing paper.

The aim is to engage with the public on topics covered by the paper, which was released on the 28 April, including Australian content, community standards, and media diversity.

The committee chair, Glen Boreham, said the social media tools would help the committee take into account the Australian public's views and expectations, which is a requirement in the review’s terms of reference.

"This interactive approach allows everyone to contribute to the review and tell us what they want from the media and communications environment," Boreham said in a statement.

The committee has established a Twitter account as well as a Facebook profile to complement the online discussion at

The online submissions process will be in addition to the usual formal submission process for the paper, with both remaining open until 10 June 2011.

"I encourage anyone with an interest in communications technology, the future of television, media production and distribution to get involved and tell us what you think.”

The committee of independent experts was established by the Federal Government to review Australia's communications and media legislation and advise the government on how best to modernise the law to suit established and emerging media platforms.

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