E- Democracy Resources

Former Appointment

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Electronic Commerce
School of Business Information Technology,
Business Faculty, RMIT University
email: karin@DrDemocracy.net

Dr. Geiselhart is a professional communicator and writer with experience in government, the community sector, and academia.  She has an extensive background in communication and public affairs work, and a particular interest and background in the use of technology to improve communications, both within organisations and across community sectors.

Her principle research area is the application of new technologies and electronic commerce models to achieve a `democratic dividend´.  Current research includes online courses in electronic commerce, new forms of technology-assisted distributed governance and the application of electronic commerce techniques to the non-profit and community sector.

Her PhD in Communications looked at the role of electronic interactive technologies in change processes.  In 1996 she received an Australian Postgraduate Award to carry out this research.  The major case study of the thesis involved tracking the correlation between organisational change and the use of computer mediated communication in the Department of Finance and Administration over two years.



PhD Communications  - 1999
University of Canberra.
Thesis title: Does Democracy Scale? A Fractal Model for the Role of Interactive Technologies in Democratic Policy Processes


MA Linguistics - 1978
Macquarie University
Thesis on Australian vocal stereotypes


Teacher's Certificate - 1972
William Balmain College


BA Mathematics - 1969
Rutgers University USA
Minor in modern languages.

Information Technology Activities

Webmanager, Office of the Status of Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra. 1999


Collaborated with Rick Molony of Preventative Solutions in the development of the Aranda Commons community web site, with the assistance of a grant from the TransAct broadband trial.
1998 - 1999


Collaborated with Ramin Marzbani of www.consult to set up an interactive Internet site to discuss issues in specific electorates for the federal election.  1998


Collaborated with Steve Colman of Global Learning to run Australia's first online debate between candidates in a state or territory election. 1998


Research into internal computer use in the Department of Finance and Administration, including membership of the Information Management Project Team, participation in the Knowledge Networks and surveys of the internal bulletin board system, communication patterns and networks. 1996 - 1998


Participant in Commonwealth Internet Reference Group. 1995 - 1996


Initiated use of Internet to the Office of the Status of Women. 1993


Initiated desk top publishing for Office of the Status of Women publications. 1988


Worked on computerised accountancy system, Coopers Lybrand, Canberra. 1982


Market support representative, Adler work processing machines, Canberra. 1981


Data base management, US Environment Protection Agency, San Francisco, worked on Clean Water Act. 1980


Data control clerk, San Francisco Unified School District, responsible for computerised payroll production, dental records, personnel data base and tape library. 1979 - 1980