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"Tweet the Results" Aims to Challenge Canadian Election Law Through Massive Non-Compliance

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 2 2011

The National Post's Sarah Boesveld interviews Alexandra Samuel and  Darren Barefoot, two Vancouverites who have put together Tweet the Results. The project is a challenge to Canadian election law that seems to prohibit the tweeting or other online broadcasting of any election results before nationwide results are known.

"Best case scenario," says Samuel, "nobody is prosecuted under this law, given the extent of what’s likely to be not just civil disobedience, but casual, innocent non-compliance just because people don’t know. In the wake of massive non-compliance, either the government will actually formally recognize that and amend the Act or people will just not worry about it in the future."

"Twitter is a spoiler-fest and I feel if Elections Canada doesn’t realize that," says Samuel, "they’re the only people who haven’t figured out that Twitter makes it hard to keep secrets." Might want to point them towards the feed of  Sohaib Athar, the guy who unknowingly live-tweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.