Thursday, July 14, 2011

National Digital Inclusion Summit

17 August 2011 Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
Digital Inclusion: let’s be sure no one gets left behind
The Summit aims to educate and inform key decision and policy makers by highlighting both deficiencies and best case practices within Australia, in a forum from which key recommendations can be drawn to further pursue the goal of not just building a network, but a ‘networked society’.
Inclusion (in-clu-sion) • noun
The act of including; the state of being included, something that is included Eg: social inclusion – the provision of certain rights to all individuals and groups in society, such as employment, adequate housing, health care, education and training, etc.

Why? In February 2011 Huawei launched Connecting Communities a groundbreaking review of the community benefits and innovation enabled by broadband in the UK and the policy implications for Australia. Compiled by Dr Tim Williams, Connecting Communities is based on a wealth of case-studies, interviews and analysis combined with a sharp personal insight. The report offers compelling real-life evidence of the impact of broadband – on public services, democratic activity, and on communities themselves.
It was at this launch that Huawei announced it would host a Digital Inclusion Summit to further explore the objective of not just building a network but a ‘networked society’.
Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband both confirmed their participation in the Summit and whilst not yet confirmed, the date has been included in the Prime Ministers diary.
At the conclusion of the Summit and following on from his groundbreaking report, Connecting Communities: the impact of broadband on communities in the UK and its implications for Australia, Dr Tim Williams will be producing a report and roadmap of the outcomes of the Summit.