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Jul 16, 2009

Australia’s Digital Economy: discuss it, but not here

Stephen Conroy's "final" report on Australia’s digital economy merely demonstrates how much work their 2.0 Taskforce have ahead to bring the government into the 21st century.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster

Stilgherrian

Technology writer and broadcaster

The document Senator Stephen Conroy launched this week, Australia’s Digital Economy: Future Directions, is labelled “final report”. But that just means it’s the final deliverable of consultations which began almost a year ago with three workshops and the Digital Economy Forum in August and September 2008.

It would be easy to criticise the report for just listing the challenges without providing any solutions. Indeed Ian Birks, chief executive of the Australian Information Industry Association, did just that. It’s more of a discussion, but it does do quite a good job setting the scene and it does identify the issues that will need attention,” he said.

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