The Federal Government today revealed it had organised what it described as a "major forum" on the future of Australia's digital economy in the wake of the construction of the National Broadband Network.
The Federal Government today revealed it had organised
what it described as a "major forum" on the future of Australia's
digital economy in the wake of the construction of the National
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)
The forum, dubbed "Realising Our Broadband Future", will be held
at the University of New South Wales in Sydney on 10 and 11 December this year and feature Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a
"This forum will highlight the opportunities and help our
research community and commercial sectors plan for the digital
applications, services and business models of the future," said
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in a statement.
However, relatively little of the conference program appears to
have been organised, beyond the Labor contingent, which will also
include Senator Kate Lundy, who is extremely active in the
information technology portfolio, and Tasmanian Premier David
Other speakers will include NBN Company chief executive Mike
Quigley, former ICANN chief Paul Twomey, Google chief internet
evangelist Vint Cerf, and Nick Gruen from the Federal Government's
Web 2.0 Taskforce. In addition, Aussie general manager of marketing
Stuart Tucker and Iain McDonald, director of digital marketing
agency Amnesia, will take the stage.
Speaking academics include Jeffrey Cole from the University of
Southern California and Larry Smarr from the California Institute
for Telecommunications and Information Technology.
Attendance at the forum appears to be by invitation, although
the public can also register their interest on the website,
and Conroy's statement said that webcasts of the plenary sessions
and live audio of the specialist streams will be available. "The
public will also be invited to contribute to the discussion via
Twitter and through a collaborative wiki," the government's