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Social media putting Vanuatu politicians on notice in Vanuatu

Social media putting Vanuatu politicians on notice in Vanuatu

Updated 23 November 2012, 11:25 AEDT

In a country where political allegiances change frequently, and often with little notice or reason, the rise of social media may be playing a new role in holding Vanuatu's politicians to account.

Social media pages like "Yumi Toktok Stret" boast almost 10,000 members, or around five per cent of the population, and they're stimulating a conversation that's moving out of cyberspace and into the voting booths.

Siobhan McDonnell, a legal-anthropologist who is studying for a PhD on land and governance issues in Vanuatu, says social media had a significant impact on October's general election.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Siobhan McDonnell from the Australian National University

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