Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is releasing his vaunted Future Directions for the Digital Economy paper tonight at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
The event will be attended by industry heavyweights such as
Microsoft, Google and IBM; the latter two will field speakers for the launch.
The paper was announced last year at a conference in Melbourne.
Conroy said that the government wanted to create a platform to
accelerate growth of the information economy.
It also wanted to fill "gaps" in its knowledge on what
was holding the digital economy back, how Australia was integrating
with the global economy, and how it was tracking against international competitors.
As part of the government's
initial web 2.0 effort, it sought comments on a
trial blog that it could put into the paper, but also took
submissions in the usual mode from multiple
players in the industry. The document is over 100 pages
according to reports.
The release of the government's paper came hot on the heels of
South Australia's much shorter digital agenda paper released last week.
That paper admitted that the state was behind in broadband
take-up and in the information technology skills of its residents.
The new state digital agenda replaced one from 2006, changing the
focus from a five-pronged to a three-pronged approach consisting of
connectivity, capability and content. Major focuses were increasing
broadband access and usage as well as upskilling the state's