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Jason Wilson made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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From: Jason Wilson

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Dear Australian Broadcasting Corporation,

I would like information on the total volume of user/reader comments to ABC websites between 1999-2000 and 2011-2012.

I would like to know separate figures on how many comments were received, and how many were published.

I would like these amounts given on an annual basis.

If possible I would further like the number of comments to different parts of the ABC website specified (eg to News websites, the Drum etc.)

I note that this request pertains to academic research about online political communication in Australia.

Thanks for your consideration.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jason Wilson

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From: Judith Maude
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Please see the attached in relation to your recent FOI request.

 

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[1]ABC Judith Maude
Head Corporate Governance
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Michael Cordover left an annotation ()

Judith Maude is right that you cannot compel, by FOI, an agency to produce a report of information. You can only compel the production of documents that already exist.

Despite this, I suspect that the ABC is likely to be willing to provide figures sites like The Drum. It'll probably help to provide URLs for those sites you're after.

If you wanted to try to compel them you could ask for the comments themselves - these are 'documents' within the meaning of the FOI Act - but they would likely reject this request as an unreasonable deviation of ABC resources.

I find it a little hard to believe there aren't reports *somewhere* on these figures but this is the issue with FOI. Unless you can identify the document you can't get it, and you can't identify the document without the document having been published (well, sometimes anyway).

Good luck, and if you run into a wall hit me on twitter @mjec. I have a brother on the ABC Advisory Council who might be able to help/find a good contact.

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From: Jason Wilson

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Dear Judith,

Thanks for your reply, and further information.

To clarify, I would like to restrict my interest to the following websites

- The "ABC The Drum" websites - The Drum and The Drum unleashed when it was operating under a separate masthead.
- ABC Online's opinion websites prior to the launch of The Drum.

I'd like to see any documents which report on
- Traffic to these websites
- Comments to these websites

I'd like as much as is available in this regard. That is, all reporting on traffic and comments to The Drum, and as much as possible on ABC Online's opinion site.

My initial request was for information concerning the entire span of those years - so 1999 to 2011. So as much as you can provide from the history of those websites is being requested in this instance.

To clarify once again - the purpose of this request is academic research on the expansion of citizen opinion, and the role of media organisations in providing venues for it.

Jason Wilson

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Dear Dr Wilson

 

Please see the attached in relation to your recent FOI request.

 

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[1]ABC Judith Maude
Head Corporate Governance
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From: Jason Wilson

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Dear Judith,

I'd like to narrow my request.

If possible I would like to recieve any and all reports and documents detailing

(a) Comments recieved by and moderated for The Drum website
(b) Internet traffic to The Drum website.

I hope that this will sufficiently narrow the request.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Wilson

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