[LINK] Fwd: [aliaACTive] Digital Economy Future Directions
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Jan 28 10:17:21 AEDT 2009
At 05:00 PM 27/01/2009, Antony Barry wrote:
>Begin forwarded message ... From ... Roxanne.Missingham at aph.gov.au ...
> consultation paper on the Digital Economy Future Directions ...
> by the Australian Government ...
Here are the comments I sent to the department:
1. OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION: The Australian
Government should adopt the US Government's policy of open access to
Public Sector Information (PSI). This can be implemented using the
Australian Creative Commons licence. The Commonwealth Library Deposit
and Free Issue Schemes (LDS) should be changed to encourage
electronic distribution, with the paper option retained for the few
items where this is not suitable.
2. DIGITAL CONFIDENCE: The Australian Government should continue to
follow European practice with use of the OECD privacy principles.
3. DEVELOPING AUSTRALIA'S KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS BASE: The Australian
and State governments should increase funding for Education Network
Australia (edna) and the Australian Flexible Learning Framework
encourage further such joint state/federal initiatives. The
distinction between secondary, vocational and the higher education
sectors for funding of the development of e-learning content, tools
and training should be removed. A condition of public funding for the
development of tools and courses should be free open access. The
federal government's Digital Education Revolution, should incorporate
e-learning and e-literacy.
4. ENSURING AUSTRALIA'S REGULATORY FRAMEWORK ENABLES THE DIGITAL
ECONOMY: Australian should support international copyright principles
and avoid making exceptions to support US publishing interests. As
Professor Geoff Walsham argues it is a "Non-Flat World" and Australia
can benefit from being part of a wider culturally heterogeneous environment.
5. DIGITAL ECONOMY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: The Australian Government
should adopt a realistic CO2 emissions target of 25% to 50% reduction
by 2020, in accordance with the Garnaut Report. The Australian
government should implement the recommendations of the Personal
Computer and Monitors Energy Efficiency Strategy prepared for the
Environment Department. The Australian Government should fund its
senior ICT staff to undertake the ACS Green ICT course, or equivalent
training in ICT energy reduction.
6. MEASURING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY AND ITS IMPACTS: The Australian
Government should restore previously cut funding to the Australian
Bureau of Statistics to allow the suspended ICT statistics to be
Version with links at:
My summary of the paper is at:
ps: Sorry, but I thought I had already posted these to Link previously.
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