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News clippings — August 2005

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August 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Members have had a month of travelling and speaking. Leader of the pack is Mike Kent. The head of our Critical Digital hub, he submitted his Doctoral thesis in August, titled The Invisible Empire, and then immediately left the building — and the country — for a remarkable event. He attended the Cybercultures conference in Prague. He presented a paper on the Internet Domain Name system, and how Tuvalu, a series of small islands in the Pacific, has used this virtual resource. They will be publishing an ebook with all presented papers, and a printed book with an expanded version of the best papers within the next twelve months. Congratulations Mike on a successful trip, and the successful denouement of your PhD project. We'll now await the examination process. Proud of you.

It is also clear that members are moving strongly into journalism and creative non-fiction. Sonia Bellhouse is once more extending her writing portfolio, this month moving into the magazine Best of British. They are currently assessing her piece "We bought our water at one penny a bucket." We wish her every success through the editing process. Speaking of editing, our PCC editor Angela Thomas-Jones is writing for a series of women's and fashion magazines. Felicity Cull is also in the final stages of negotiation with a music magazine, featuring a regular column. I will report these details in next month's News. In the meantime, also wanted to note Felicity's letter in X Press. I laughed loud and long.

Also Leanne McRae, head of the Creative Industrial Matrix, and I attended the Western Australian Local Government Association Conference, held at the Burswood Convention Centre on August 8. I delivered a paper on the role of Local Government in the development of social capital, particularly for senior citizens. Specifically, I stressed the role of Local Government in not only 'facilitating access' to the internet, but the responsibility to develop web-based literacies and social connectivity. It was a great event, and I thank the organisers for including the Popular Culture Collective in the session.

I look forward to more news — involving our film makers and musicians — in the September News!

Be well.