What the Forum does
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. One strength of the Forum is the depth of analysis, criticism and research offered by professional researchers and practitioners.
You are welcome to download the papers
The Record of the Forum 2011 is a free 280-page book of papers from the event.
To download (file size 4Mb), please click here.
What's in the volume?
In the Record, you will find the latest thinking and research, much of it with specifically Australian emphasis and examples. This is a free public resource, generously provided by the authors. Note that the authors retain their copyright. The volume starts with the two keynotes:
Glen Boreham, Chair of the Convergence Review; and
Jonathan Holmes, Presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch
Then there are 30 more papers on communications topics too numerous to summarise. Instead of a summary, here is a list of phrases from the titles of papers. The actual titles are longer, and cover a wider range. To find out more, please download the whole volume:
The Convergence Review
Why Media Watch won't soon be out of a job
Sustainability of Australian content quotas
Copyright in the connected digital world
The Piracy Bus, who's on it?
The Internet and sovereignty
Competition policy for the digital economy
International Aust-US comms policy1920-1950
The OTC: a 1960s trend setter for GBE reform
There's an App for that
Access and control in music distribution
Leadership to avoid bad NBN user outcomes
Disruption revisited: Netflix, Apple TV, Google TV etc
Visual networking: Keeping television on the box
Smart grids, electric vehicles and the NBN
Online collaboration in the era of the NBN
Community participation in digital radio
ICT policies for participatory e-government
Internet in Australia 2011: World Internet Project
Audience engagement with the SBS
Connecting://arts audiences online
Feature film audience testing in Australia
Digital inclusion in the broadband world: challenges
Meeting comms needs of independent baby boomers
Access to digital devices and digital media literacy
Analysis of children's media use and time choices
Children's experiences of parents' online mediation
A cause of action for invasion of privacy in Australia
Advocacy for refugees and comms technology
Innovation: digital case studies in social innovation
The Arthritis Map of Victoria
The Record also contains a 50-page summary of all the presentations and speakers at the Forum, including all those who did not produce a written paper for publication. If you want only that summary, and not the full volume, you can download it here.
You can also download the volumes of papers from previous years. Just click these links:
Record of the CPRF 2010 (380 pages, 10Mb).
Record of the CPRF 2009 (370 pages, 3.6Mb)
Record of the CPRF 2008 (434 pages, 3.6Mb)
Record of the CPRF 2007 (370 pages, 4.1Mb)
Slides from the 2011 Forum available to download
Some 2011 speakers have kindly volunteered their slides as PDFs to download:
Catherine Middleton: The world is watching: investigating the NBN approach to next generation broadband network infrastructure
Megan Brownlow: Entertainment and media outlook 2011-15
Dean Martin: The evolution of technology and consumer expectations about TV set replacement
Scott Ewing: The Internet in Australia 2011 - findings from the World Internet Project
Kursten Leins: Multi-screen TV: single regulatory frame-work?
Yatming Fung, Ellie Rennie, Christina Spurgeon: Community participation in the development of digital radio
Matthew Hancock: Beyond Beyond the box office - audio-visual stories offline and online
Rene Summer: Why we need a functioning legal digital market
Justin Jameson: Impact of the NBN on the communications sector
Paul Paterson: What are the real convergent issues?
Peter Darling: The need to upgrade the Universal Service concept before delivering it over the NBN
Linda Leung: Refugees and communications technology literacy
Program and Summary
Click here to download the 2011 program in PDF format.
Summary of the 2011 papers and talks
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Gilbert + Tobin, the IIC Australian Chapter and the Smart Services CRC.
These research organisations support the Forum
ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Australian & New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne
Centre for Media History, Macquarie University
Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
Communications Law Centre
Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University
Journalism and Media Research Centre (JMRC), University of NSW
Network Insight Institute
Public Communications Research Cluster, University of Canberra
Smart Services CRC
Custodians of the Forum
A group of eight people from different places and backgrounds act as Custodians of the Forum, to underwrite its independence and diversity:
Mark Armstrong, Director, Network Insight Institute;
Mark Balnaves, Professor of New Media, Edith Cowan University;
Professor Trevor Barr, Media and Communications Unit, Swinburne University;
Emeritus Prof. Reg Coutts, Electrical and Electronic Eng., University of Adelaide;
Lesley Osborne, Manager, Strategic Research, ACMA;
Professor Franco Papandrea, University of Canberra;
Debra Richards; CEO, Ausfilm
Dr Christina Spurgeon, Queensland University of Technology
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.