That’s Senator Coonan on the right. In every sense of the word.
While the discussion will be chaired by some bloke from Channel 7, I’m assuming there’ll be a chance for questions. When I asked on Link last week, here’s what popped up. What would you add?
[In no particular order, numbered for reference.]
- ICT as a critical “enabling” element in our response to climate change, which will require lots of distributed access to lots of information and the tools to evaluate it.
- Protecting children online.
- Increased broadband capacity at affordable prices.
- What happened to the Information Economy? Why are all the information jobs going off shore to India?
- What is going to happen to the CDMA network?
- Why does the government continue to behave like they own Telstra?
- Programming for digital TV.
- What would each do in government to facilitate remote/teleworking?
- Reducing Australia’s reliance on monopoly software — particularly in government; promotion of the use of open standards; and the development of a national software industry based on open standards and open source.
- ICT security — do we want to develop critical ICT infrastructure with (how can I say this diplomatically?) levels of security commonly associated with user platforms?
- An enforced split of Telstra’s retail and infrastructure divisions
I think I’d pull back to a Big Picture question about teh Internet. In 1995, Australia was 3rd on the planet in terms of Internet bandwidth and computer power per population, now we’re not even in the Top 10. What are your thoughts on that? Is it important? If so, how should it be addressed? If not, why not?
What are your thoughts?