The current batch of federal politicians are the first to have to deal with the idea of shifting their online social media activities from being truly personal and free of public scrutiny, to being mindful of what they do and say online, and how that can be used or misused against them.

They’re also the first to truly discover how certain communities form on certain online platforms. That is, some groups naturally find their online homes on Facebook while others lean toward Twitter. In some cases, this is event specific.

On this edition of the Digital Public Affairs podcast, excerpts from a conversation with MP Niki Ashton on the role of Facebook as an early warning system and community gathering place, and refining the use of digital when different outcomes are considered.

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