Friday, May 15, 2009

Future Directions for the Digital Economy

The Australian Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has published "Submissions in response to the ‘consultation draft’ for the Digital Economy Future Directions Paper". The draft paper was released in late 2008. There were 115 submissions made public, including my own:

1. Open Access to Public Sector Information:

The Australian Government should adopt the US Government's policy of open access to Public Sector Information (PSI). This can be implemented using the Australian Creative Commons licence

The Commonwealth Library Deposit and Free Issue Schemes (LDS) should be changed to encourage electronic distribution, with the paper option retained for the few items where this is not suitable

2. Digital confidence:

The Australian Government should continue to follow European practice with use of the OECD privacy principles,2340,en_2649_34255_1815186_1_1_1_1,00.html

3. Developing Australia's knowledge and skills base:

The Australian and State governments should increase funding for Education Network Australia (edna) and the Australian Flexible Learning Framework encourage further such joint state/federal initiatives. The distinction between secondary, vocational and the higher education sectors for funding of the development of e-learning content, tools and training should be removed. A condition of public funding for the development of tools and courses should be free open access. The federal government's Digital Education Revolution, should incorporate e-learning and e-literacy

4. Ensuring Australia's regulatory framework enables the digital economy:

Australian should support international copyright principles and avoid making exceptions to support US publishing interests. As Professor Geoff Walsham argues it is a "Non-Flat World" and Australia can benefit from being part of a wider culturally heterogeneous environment .

5. Digital economy and the environment:

The Australian Government should adopt a realistic CO2 emissions target of 25% to 50% reduction by 2020, in accordance with the Garnaut Report

The Australian government should implement the recommendations of the Personal Computer and Monitors Energy Efficiency Strategy prepared for the Environment Department

The Australian Government should fund its senior ICT staff to undertake the ACS Green ICT course, or equivalent training in ICT energy reduction

6. Measuring the digital economy and its Impacts:

The Australian Government should restore previously cut funding to the Australian Bureau of Statistics to allow the suspended ICT statistics to be again collected


Also, as mentioned previously, while the consultation paper was good, the consultation process was poor:

From: Submissions in response to the ‘consultation draft’ for the Digital Economy Future Directions Paper, Tom Worthington (Word, 37.5 kb)

Other Submissions

  1. .au Domain Administration auDA (PDF, 146.9 kb)
  2. Abigroup Telecommunications (Word, 365.5 kb)
  3. Alcatel Lucent (PDF, 99.7 kb)
  4. American Power Conversion APC (PDF, 77.1 kb)
  5. AUSTAR (PDF, 62.9 kb)
  6. Australasian Performing Right Association APRA Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society AMCOS (PDF, 889.3 kb)
  7. Australia Council Australia Council for the Arts (Word, 200.5 kb)
  8. Australian Association of National Advertisers AANA (PDF, 229.7 kb)
  9. Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC (PDF, 101.1 kb)
  10. Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS (Word, 164.0 kb)
  11. Australian Computer Society ACS (PDF, 77.9 kb)
  12. Australian Copyright Council (PDF, 313.0 kb)
  13. Australian Digital Alliance ADA (Word, 114.0 kb)
  14. Australian Direct Marketing Association ADMA (Word, 147.5 kb)
  15. Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft AFACT (PDF, 959.6 kb)
  16. Australian Industry Group Ai Group (Word, 78.5 kb)
  17. Australian Information Industry Association AIIA (PDF, 495.9 kb)
  18. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies AIATSIS (PDF, 56.0 kb)
  19. Australian Interactive Media Industry Association AIMIA (Word, 103.0 kb)
  20. Australian Libraries Copyright Committee ALCC (Word, 94.0 kb)
  21. Australian Library and Information Association ALIA (PDF, 316.3 kb)
  22. Australian Local Government Association ALGA (Word, 36.0 kb)
  23. Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association AMTA (Word, 144.5 kb)
  24. Australian National Data Service ANDS Monash University (Word, 312.5 kb)
  25. Australian Privacy Foundation (PDF, 100.8 kb)
  26. Australian Publishers Association APA (PDF, 168.6 kb)
  27. Australian Recording Industry Association ARIA (PDF, 117.8 kb)
  28. Australian Spatial Information Business Association ASIBA (PDF, 453.6 kb)
  29. Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association ASTRA (Word, 637.5 kb)
  30. Australian Visual Software Distributors Association AVSDA (PDF, 109.7 kb)
  31. Australias Academic and Research Network AARNet (PDF, 208.9 kb)
  32. Broadcast Australia - via Government Relations Australia lobbyists (Word, 341.5 kb)
  33. Business Information Systems, Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of Sydney (Word, 79.0 kb)
  34. Cisco (Word, 56.5 kb)
  35. City of Bunbury (Word, 39.0 kb)
  36. Collections Council of Australia CCA (Word, 184.5 kb)
  37. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO (PDF, 129.2 kb)
  38. Communications Alliance (PDF, 79.9 kb)
  39. Communications Expert Group (PDF, 80.9 kb)
  40. Computers Off Australia (Word, 62.0 kb)
  41. Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia CORE (Word, 46.0 kb)
  42. Connecting Up Australia (PDF, 70.4 kb)
  43. Consumers Telecommunications Network (Word, 363.0 kb)
  44. Cooperative ResearchCentre- Spatial Information CRCSI (Word, 32.0 kb)
  45. Copyright Advisory Group of the Ministerial Council on Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (PDF, 106.6 kb)
  46. Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) (PDF, 398.4 kb)
  47. Dean Economou (Word, 92.0 kb)
  48. Digital Economy Industry Work Group (PDF, 519.1 kb)
  49. Dr Paul Scully-Power (Word, 44.0 kb)
  50. Electronic Frontiers Australia (PDF, 127.8 kb)
  51. Engineers Australia (PDF, 239.0 kb)
  52. ET Corp (Word, 31.5 kb)
  53. Google (PDF, 189.4 kb)
  54. Government of South Australia Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (PDF, 132.1 kb)
  55. Government of South Australia Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Attachment (Word, 444.5 kb)
  56. Hitachi Data Systems (PDF, 1.2 mb)
  57. IBM (Word, 35.5 kb)
  58. IBM Attachment - smarter energy grids ideas (PDF, 168.4 kb)
  59. IBM Attachment - smarter food ideas (PDF, 931.2 kb)
  60. IBM Attachment - smarter IT infrastructure ideas (PDF, 1000.2 kb)
  61. IBM Attachment - smarter planet ideas (PDF, 28.7 kb)
  62. IBM Attachment - smarter retail ideas (PDF, 625.3 kb)
  63. IBM Attachment - smarter traffic ideas (PDF, 345.3 kb)
  64. International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical STM Publishers (PDF, 156.2 kb)
  65. International Intellectual Property Alliance IIPA (PDF, 249.5 kb)
  66. Internet Industry Association IIA (PDF, 66.4 kb)
  67. Internet Society of Australia ISOC-AU (PDF, 202.5 kb)
  68. Juniper Networks (PDF, 77.5 kb)
  69. Kidnapillai Selvarajah (Word, 45.5 kb)
  70. Lockstep (PDF, 105.6 kb)
  71. Lonely Planet (Word, 79.0 kb)
  72. Microsoft (PDF, 716.5 kb)
  73. Microsoft Attachment -Laws of Identity (PDF, 328.0 kb)
  74. Microsoft Attachment- Establishing End to End Trust (PDF, 106.0 kb)
  75. Multimedia Victoria (Word, 107.5 kb)
  76. Netchoice (PDF, 61.5 kb)
  77. NICTA (Word, 89.5 kb)
  78. NT Department of Business and Employment (PDF, 229.5 kb)
  79. Office of the Privacy Commissioner (PDF, 266.9 kb)
  80. Open Source Industry Australia (PDF, 372.8 kb)
  81. Owen Thomas (Word, 33.5 kb)
  82. Paul Budde Communication (PDF, 58.4 kb)
  83. Pearcey Foundation (PDF, 415.1 kb)
  84. Professor Caelli (PDF, 437.5 kb)
  85. Public Sector Mapping Agencies PSMA (Word, 40.6 kb)
  86. Qualcomm (PDF, 148.8 kb)
  87. Queensland State Government Chief Information Office (PDF, 43.3 kb)
  88. Queensland University of Technology QUT Law Faculty (PDF, 334.4 kb)
  89. Screen Australia (Word, 220.0 kb)
  90. Screen Producers Association of Australia SPAA (Word, 163.5 kb)
  91. Screenrights (PDF, 89.3 kb)
  92. Sensis (PDF, 49.3 kb)
  93. Simon Fenton - Jones (Word, 35.5 kb)
  94. Smartnet (PDF, 269.9 kb)
  95. Society for Knowledge Economics (PDF, 416.0 kb)
  96. SONY (PDF, 165.8 kb)
  97. Special Broadcast Service SBS (PDF, 43.1 kb)
  98. Standards Australia (PDF, 61.1 kb)
  99. State Library of Queensland (Word, 42.0 kb)
  100. Switch Media (Word, 36.5 kb)
  101. TAM Computing (Word, 26.5 kb)
  102. Telecommunications and Disability Consumer Representation TEDICORE (Word, 140.0 kb)
  103. Telstra Attachment - Joint submission 1 Telstra, Verizon business, Internode, iinet, Optus and Westnet (Word, 295.0 kb)
  104. Telstra Main submission (PDF, 131.3 kb)
  105. Tom Koltai (PDF, 458.1 kb)
  106. Tom Worthington (Word, 37.5 kb)
  107. Universities Australia (PDF, 69.0 kb)
  108. University of New England (Word, 733.5 kb)
  109. Unwired (PDF, 323.7 kb)
  110. Vision Australia (Word, 80.5 kb)
  111. WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PDF, 384.9 kb)
  112. WebSafe Security Pty Ltd (PDF, 33.8 kb)
  113. West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (Word, 35.0 kb)
  114. Wikimedia Australia (PDF, 136.0 kb)
  115. Yahoo! (PDF, 740.9 kb)

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