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Scholars of the commons are now active in many areas of the social sciences. Analysis of 'new' commons such as information and the internet has supplemented the conventional focus of this area on physical resources.
Awareness of the limits of markets and the...
For large public libraries, the development of digital technologies poses challenges that have yet to be fully explored. While library sector rhetoric rightly imagines that digital technologies bring change to all aspects of library operations, it is not enough to focus on the technologies. Using...
GOVERNMENTS place great emphasis on self-promotion, especially when it comes to announcing high profile public works. But no government has yet discovered which mysterious property in signs fixed to taxpayer-funded constructions seems to render them invisible to the public but a provocative eyesore to political...
This submission supports the framework for spectrum re-allocation advanced in the Digital Dividend Green Paper .
In particular, we support
• ‘re-stacking’ to achieve a contiguous block of freed spectrum
• harmonization of Australia’s spectrum use with major developed countries
Introduction: Broadband is described as essential civic infrastructure of the twenty-first century, yet Australian local authorities have taken few initiatives to provide it as a local public good, similar to physical facilities and community services. This situation contrasts with local initiatives in many other...
Are local schools the beating heart of our communities? Or are they underutilised public assets, closed out of school hours and off limits to local residents?
A new discussion paper on the extended use of schools released by New South Wales Labor...
How do we build urban resilience through key areas of critical infrastructure such as mobile communications? Mobile digital communication networks, encompassing commercial mobile and public wi-fi platforms, are ubiquitous in Australian cities, and digital inclusion has emerged as a major theme in metropolitan-level strategic planning...
The paper focuses on the link between regional development, social enterprise and digital infrastructure, through analysis of an initiative in Goulburn NSW, in which local entrepreneurs rigged up a wi-fi network, providing free internet access to the public in the city’s main street.
Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, finds this report.
Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups , funded by Playgroup Australia and undertaken by RMIT University’s Centre...