Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has launched a Digital Economy Strategy aimed at leveraging the National Broadband Network to drive “digital productivity”.
The strategy comprised eight goals, intended to create one of the “world’s leading digital economies” by 2020. The goals were:
The 68-page strategy document (pdf), launched at the CeBIT conference in Sydney today, called for action by “all levels of governments, industry and the community as a whole”.
Networking vendor Cisco, industry group AIIA, the Australian Computer Society and the Communications Alliance welcomed the strategy’s eight goals today.
According to ACS president Anthony Wong, an ICT blueprint was “vital” to the NBN’s desired outcomes.
“Participating in a digital economy is not just about having a website, it is about the quantity and quality of e-commerce and online transactions,” he stated.
“We need more Australians to get active online. Education and skills are key to ensuring that people can participate and leverage the digital economy opportunities.”
AIIA chief Ian Birks said the strategy reflected “bold and visionary leadership by Minister Conroy and the Gillard Government".
"I think its smart to make some headway in the first release sites and make sure they are as successful as possible," he said.
"That's not just smart on a political level - if successful, those sites will create a pull from other parts of Australia.”
Birks said while health, education and Government service delivery did not fall under the remit of Conroy’s Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy portfolio, the Minister may derive some authority from his position as Gillard's advisor on digital productivity.
“Conroy will need all his powers of coercion with other stakeholders in government to get all parts of the government onside to achieve that vision,” he said.
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