Building Digital Communities


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How will our communities change in the digital century? Just as the steam changed 19th Century society and the motor car changed the 20th, the connected, globalised economy will shape our lives in the 21st Century.

This is a presentation given to a Western Sydney community group on how pervasive broadband and mobile computing is going to change our lifestyles and economy.

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  • Thanks Paul for your very interesting talk to our members at Parramatta Computer Pals for Seniors on Friday.
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  • How the connected economy is changing society and business. how it affects investment three parts:   presentation q&A ideas
  • Australia was a prosperous place at the beginning of the 20th Century. Industrialisation, the steam engine particularly for shipping and the telegraph had dramatically changed Australia's economy.
  • motor car is creeping in steady change few people actually driving those cars no inkling of how those motor cars are going to radically change society applying the methods of the tram and steam driven economy to the motor car economy failed
  • we're beginning to understand how digital online tools change the way we work distributed Friedman: the world is flat Florida: It's actually quite lumpy elance o-desk destroying barriers knowledge is no longer power
  • regional Australia has been worried about being cut out of the new economy.   Tasmania was concerned they have been left behind in the changes of the last 25 years the fear was not having broadband would leave them left out of the next 50 years
  • the car analogy is flawed. this is the equivalent of made roads you can choose to drive any vehicle; a tractor, a family car, a ute or a road train upon it.
  • when we built the Harbour Bridge there were six traffic lanes. Unthinkable in a city where most people didn't own a car. withing 30 years we had to remove the tram lanes by 40 years plans were being drawn up to duplicate the crossing. spreads out the load at present most of australia's connections come in on sydney's Northern beaches will allow build outs from other locations data is growing exponentially
  • open your ideas on where this is taking us
  • Building Digital Communities

    1. 1. building digital communities
    2. 2. Circular Quay 1900
    3. 3. Circular Quay 1920
    4. 4. today's economy flickr/laihiu
    5. 5. falling barriers
    6. 6. roads, not cars
    7. 7. are we overbuilding?
    8. 8. Australian Internet growth ABS 8153.0, December 2009
    9. 9. Where next?