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The state of the world's children 2017: children in a digital world

Examines the ways in which digital technology has already changed children’s lives and life chances – and explores what the future may hold.
Annual Report

Australian Communications and Media Authority: annual report 2016-2017

This report includes the 2016–17 annual reports for the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Online and on demand 2017: trends in Australian online viewing habits

This report is designed to help the industry understand its audience, and to inform anyone interested in the place that screen stories have in a modern, online Australia.
Working paper

Demand for fixed-line broadband in Australia: working paper

Australians have embraced data-intensive applications, such as video-on-demand (VOD) services. Households now reasonably expect that they will be able to use these applications on demand, at any time of day— and, by implication, that infrastructure, networks and services will have the capacity to deliver this.

Internet of Things (IoT): Education and technology

This report details findings of the Curtin University Teaching Innovation funded project Internet of Things (IoT) Education: Implications for Students with Disabilities. This project aimed to provide insight into both the potential risks and benefits of the IoT for tertiary students with disabilities, particularly in...
Discussion paper

Digital built Australia: A policy for smart infrastructure delivery in Australia

The Digital Built Australia policy primer outlines a suite of policy recommendations for building greater productivity within the construction sector and accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions. The policy document proposes this...

State of the internet 2017: the state of the internet in New Zealand

This report covers key and useful metrics for analysing and understanding the Internet, grouped around three topic areas: access, trust and creative potential.
Working paper

Back to the future: the networked household in the global economy

New forms of information and communication technology are linking the household to an increasingly complex public realm of formal and informal, spatial and non-spatial relationships.

Consumer survey on online copyright infringement 2016

A fall in the proportion of Australian internet users accessing unlawful content online and a rise in the uptake of streaming services are the key findings of the 2016 online copyright infringement survey. The results of Australia’s second survey of online copyright infringement, showed that...

The communications sector: recent trends and developments

This report by the Bureau of Communications Research provides an overview of the communications sector’s impact and influence as a critical enabler of economic and social activity in Australia. The report discusses three main developments that are affecting the sector, including the merging of media...

Independent cost‐benefit analysis of broadband and review of regulation  

Provides analysis of the costs and benefits of increased access to very high‐speed broadband, arguing that while there are net benefits to that increased access, they will only be realised by efficient investment, operation and pricing. Overview This report presents the results from the Panel...

Migration assurance policy for fixed-line national broadband network (NBN) services

This policy focuses on how to improve the migration process for customers and minimise disruption to their national broadband network (NBN) services. It also identifies people who may need extra support to migrate before the disconnection date. It features a statement and framework that set...

Australian Communications and Media Authority annual report 2014-15

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Annual report 2014–15 offers an in-depth look at the various changes in the ways the ACMA has been working with industry and consumers to deliver strong outcomes and best practice in telecommunication services and relevant consumer protections, spectrum management...

The tradeoff fallacy: how marketers are misrepresenting American consumers and opening them up to exploitation

New survey results indicate that marketers are misrepresenting a large majority of Americans by claiming that Americans give out information about themselves as a tradeoff for benefits they receive. To the contrary, the survey reveals most Americans do not believe that ‘data for discounts’ is...
Conference paper

Users and non-users of next generation broadband

This paper explores the contexts and motivations that underpin the uptake of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). The findings are drawn from a mixed-methods research study of households using surveys and interviews conducted in 2011 and 2012 in an early release site of the NBN...
Discussion paper

Online privacy and data retention controversy in Australia

Australian government recently passed a bill on a new data retention plan that obliges telecommunications providers to keep customers' communications metadata for two years in order to provide national law enforcement and security agencies with resources necessary for fighting cyber crime. In this white paper...

Smart cities, digital skins

Imagine a city where everything from the cars to the street lights to the traffic bridges are connected. Where censors and beacons pepper the urban environment. Imagine a city where all of those internet-connected objects are networked, giving the metropolis a second layer of infrastructure...

Innovating in a culturalised economy

I AM writing this review on a plane. Everybody around me is immersed in the tiny screens on the back of the seats in front of them. Some are watching movies and TV shows; others are playing games. All of them are consumers of what...

Superfast broadband: the future is in your hands

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Australia’s national broadband infrastructure. This will be of profound importance to Australia’s long-term productivity agenda. This paper, commissioned by Vodafone Australia, assesses new opportunities for the NBN. In particular, we examine how the growth...

Home broadband 2013

Some 70% of American adults have a high-speed broadband connection at home; an additional 10% of Americans lack home broadband but do own a smartphone. And 20% of Americans have neither a home broadband connection nor a smartphone. As of May 2013, 70% of American...