EMBRACING A DIGITAL ECONOMIC FUTURE
Written on the 17 August 2011
BRISBANE has the potential to lead the way as one of Australia’s smart cities. In this special technology edition, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr (pictured) talks about advances in technology regarding ICT, BIM and the NBN roll-out.
When Queenslanders faced one of the worst natural disasters in Australian history, they turned to the internet.
More than 1200 tweets went out every hour when the flooding peaked in Brisbane, according to research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation.
Queenslanders took control of their circumstances and they reshaped them together. It is a small mark of a sweeping transformation.
Advances in information and communications technologies (ICT) have reshaped every facet of our lives - the way we access and analyse knowledge; how customers connect to suppliers; managing a workplace; how we deliver essential services; and the way we see the world and our place within it.
These technologies have redefined the limits of human potential. We decide how we harness that power. The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the single largest infrastructure investment made by an Australian government.
It is the foundation of our national agenda for ICT – an agenda that spans every government portfolio.
My responsibility, as the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, is to turn that infrastructure backbone into high-wage jobs and high-growth industries. We want ICT to be the platform for a dynamic small business community, with the strength to find and seize new opportunities.
Today, only two-fifths of Australian firms have a web presence, according to the latest ABS data. The smaller your firm, the less likely you are to maintain a website.
That has to change.Queensland is at the forefront of these developments, with the support of the Australian Government’s Information Technology Industry Innovation Council. The Council’s first chairman is John Grant, managing director of Brisbane-based company Data#3.