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Communications Policy & Research Forum 2007

Date: Monday, 24 September 2007 to Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Venue: University of Technology, Sydney

Papers from the Forum
Keynote speakers
What the Forum does each year
Custodians of the Forum
The Academic Review Panel
Centres and Institutes Supporting the Forum

The 2007 Forum was held at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on 24-25 September.  Interest areas included ICT, digital media, telecommunications broadcasting, communications culture, Internet and e-commerce.

You can download the volume of Forum papers
Please click here to download the Record of the Communications Policy & Research Forum 2007.  It is a 370-page eBook in PDF format containing the published papers.  Note that this is a large download 4.1MB.  These are the papers in that volume:

Can the media take criticism?  Keynote address by Peter Manning
Three billion: What happens after we’re all connected?  Keynote address by Mark Pesce
Issues for corporates and regulators in Second Life and virtual worlds by Nick Abrahams
Development of a survey instrument to investigate household broadband adoption by Peter Adams
Broadband: Towards understanding users by Trevor Barr
Digital TV policies in the UK, US, Australia and Italy by Cinzia Colapinto & Franco Papandrea
Wireless for rural broadband by Reg Coutts 
Public Service media by Kim Dalton
Journalists and online media by Lee Duffield
The benefits of closing analogue TV broadcast, and its potential effect on other communications policies by Alex Encel
A citizen journalism primer by Terry Flew
Communication policies for urban village connections: Beyond access? by Marcus Foth & Aneta Podkalicka
Is industry meeting the information needs of people with disabilities on accessibility features of telephone equipment? by Rob Garrett & Gunela Astbrink
Diasporic media and identity construction in the Turkish community in Australia by Liza Hopkins
Online social softwares: Policy and regulation in a converged medium by Sal Humphreys 
Motor telephony: Policy responses by Glenn Jessop 
Cyberbullying: An emerging issue by Bernadette Luck
Future funding of the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligations in Australia by David Luck
Mapping the ‘Verse: Three cases studies identifying emerging models of user-generated content by Shilo T. McClean
Indigenous culture and communications by Robert Morsillo 
Ten years on … How is Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act holding up to the infrastructure onslaught? by Matthew Nicholls
Information & communications technology evolution and consequential damage by Christopher J. Pavlovski
Communications and media futures studies: Looking back at looking forward by Paul Roberts
Virtual worlds and the 3D web: Australian policy debates in Second Life by Mandy Salomon
User-led innovation: A new framework for co-creating knowledge and culture by Darren Sharp
Transnational media and citizenship: Arabic language television in Europe by Christina Slade & Ingrid Volkmer
Mobile information communications technology: Impact on children and young people by Damien Spry
To broadband or not to broadband by Martin Stewart-Weeks
An exploration of the relationships between blogging practices, blogging motives and identity exploration by Danielle C. Williamson & Ann Knowles

Keynote speakers
These were the two keynote speakers at the 2007 Forum, both of whose papers you will find in the published eBook.

Peter Manning, Adjunct Professor of Journalism at UTS, author and journalist
: One of the doyens of Australian journalism, his career has included reporting at The Bulletin, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald.  He is an Adjunct Professor at UTS.  In earlier years at ABC TV he produced programs such as The Big League, and introduced Lateline, Foreign Correspondent and Landline, among others.  As GM of of Radio National, his initiatives included the ABC website.  Then at the Seven Network he was head of Current Affairs and head of Corporate Development.  At UTS, he has lectured in investigative journalism, TV and specialist reporting, and researched dog-whistle politics and journalism.  His latest book is Us and Them: Media, Muslims and the Middle East  (Random House, 2007).

Mark Pesce, founder of FutureSt: Known internationally as the man who fused virtual reality with the World Wide Web to invent VRML, Mark Pesce is the author numerous articles and five books, including The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming our Imagination, and has written for such publications as Wired, Salon, and The Age.  For the last three series, Pesce has been a panellist on The New Inventors.  From 2003 to 2006, Pesce chaired the Emerging Media and Interactive Design Program at the world-renowned Australian Film Television and Radio School.  Last year he received an appointment as an Honorary Associate in the Digital Cultures Programme at the University of Sydney, and has gone on to found FutureSt, a Sydney Media and Technology consultancy, with clients that include some of the largest media companies in Australia.

What the Forum does each year
With around 75 contributors and 60 papers in 23 sessions, this is the largest annual gathering of communications knowledge in Australia. It gives a springboard to serious thinking and data about the state of media, telecommunications and the Internet.

It is also a national meeting-place for researchers and communications practitioners. One strength of the Forum is the depth  of analysis, criticism and research offered by professional researchers and practitioners.

The Forum is open to all viewpoints; a co-operative effort by policy and research centres around the country.  The sessions are based on proposals submitted by experts from many different areas, and selected by an eminent review panel.

For the program of the 2007 Forum, please click here.
For information about the 2008 Forum, please click here.

Sponsors in 2007
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Smart Internet Technology CRC; the Australian Computer Society Telecommunications Board; IIC Australian Chapter; Gilbert + Tobin and News Ltd for their financial support.
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Custodians of the Forum
A group of six people from different places and backgrounds act as Custodians of the Forum, to underwrite its independence and diversity: 
Mark Armstrong, Director, Network Insight Institute;
Professor Trevor Barr, Media and Communications Unit, Swinburne University;
Emeritus Prof. Reg Coutts, Electrical and Electronic Eng., University of Adelaide;
Professor Franco Papandrea, Director, Comms and Media Policy Institute, University of Canberra;
Debra Richards, CEO, ASTRA
Dr Christina Spurgeon, Queensland University of Technology.

The Academic Review Panel
Chair:  Professor Franco Papandrea, University of Canberra;
Professor Trevor Barr, Media and Communications Unit, Swinburne University;
Associate Professor Terry Flew, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology;
Associate Professor Andrew Kenyon, CCML, University of Melbourne;
Professor Don Lamberton, Queensland University of Technology;
Professor Julian Thomas, Director, Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University.

Centres and Institutes Supporting the Forum
ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne
Communication and Media Policy Institute, University of Canberra
Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University
Network Insight Institute
Smart Internet Technology Co-operative Research Centre
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The Network Insight Institute provides this Forum web page, and management support for the Forum.  The Institute's own sponsors shown on the right-hand sidebar of this site should not be confused with the separate sponsors of the Forum.

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