Sep 10, 2008

The Digital Economy: just for big business?

Uhoh. A “Digital Economy Forum”? Already I’m seeing blokes in suits jostling for room at the trough of government largesse, writes Stilgherrian.

“The Rudd Government is focused on creating a platform for economic growth and is committed to leading and growing our digital economy,” generalised Senator Stephen Conroy as he opened the Digital Economy Forum in Melbourne this morning.

His keynote speech regurgitated budget promises, generously sprinkled with doubleplusgood words about “encouraging” figures and “driving innovation”.

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3 thoughts on “The Digital Economy: just for big business?

  1. Ian Birks

    Sorry but this article is just too biased to let go by without comment – I am the CEO of the AIIA and should advise that currently more than 300 of our 500 member companies have revenues under $5million – we advocate for the whole ICT industry and not just the big end of town..

  2. Stilgherrian

    Crikey’s deadlines for a lunchtime email are such that articles need to be written before noon. I was writing in response to the Minister’s keynote and the promoted list of participants. It’s good to hear that there was discussion related to small business once things got going – and disappointing that only (mostly) big players get mentioned when forums are promoted. I’d love to hear what the tangible results were.

    Ian, a turnover of $5M is still a pretty decent business. My point is that the vast majority of new businesses are in the micro category. They’d be lucky to have a turnover of half a million, let alone ten times that. Your members are also folks who are IN the internet industry. what I’m interested in how businesses can be supported who are in the myriad other industries.

  3. George Fong

    I agree with Ian. A pity you were not there for the workshops. A pity you did not stay for the full event. A pity you did not stay for the discourse and robust exchanges between Dr Geneveive Bell, Greg Stone, Paul Twomey and others and The Minister himself on a one to one debate. And a pity you did not note the number of consumer advocacy organisations represented and contributing in the forum, including ATUG and ISOC-AU.

    As a representative from Ballarat in regional/rural Victoria and as a person involved with small regional businesses, ( most of whom have less than 20 people and a turnover of less than $200,000pa) communities and individuals on both the supply and advocacy sides, I have not in a long time felt so optimistic that we finally have an opportunity to speak, to advocate and to participate meaningfully in the formulation Federal policy in relation to a way forward for the people and organisations we represent.

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