These days, no news is definitely good news. At the moment, Africa is off the global media radar, with cameras focussed on Europe and the Middle East. But out of the media focus, some really good news has been gradually developing.
From Egypt to Wisconsin, the Internet has become a key political battleground, and smart campaigns at all levels -- presidential to dog-catcher -- will be thinking about how to integrate digital tools into essentially all aspects of their operations.
During my short stint as head of digital communications for the Prime Minister, there wasn't a lack of will to try new ways of directly interacting with the citizens of the UK, but it didn't necessarily lead to a higher quality of debate or better outcomes.
"McCain doesn't use a computer. I mean, I would try explaining email, Facebook, Twitter -- massive social movements -- to your grandmother and ask her to apply that to governing and see if that would work for you."