Details of the up-coming symposium – Converging on an NBN Future: Content, Connectivity, and Control – to be held in Canberra on 9 October. My contribution will be a short paper, Selling the NBN: The politics of broadband in Australia. Link to the free symposium registration inside. Click to read more
I recently organised a symposium at Curtin University entitled Broadband in Society: International Perspectives and Research Challenges. The symposium was held to mark the formation of the BroadBand Research Team, involving several international researchers all with a particular interest in the social and policy dimensions of emering high-capacity, fast broadband networks such as Australia’s National Broadband Network. My presentation, entitled Broadband in Australia: commonplace but why? considers the extent and significance of the Internet connectivity in this country, especially since most people have some kind of a broadband connection, and also looks at the importance of understanding the relationship between mobile and fixed connectivity. Broadband in Australia – commonplace but why? View more presentations from Matthew Allen
I recently attended an excellent presentation by Catherine Middleton at the Australian Media Traditions conference at which she discussed the contradictory positions of the Government and the NBN Co on the way in which we might understand the difference that the National Broadband Network will make. Her paper was entitled, “Have We Ever Needed a Killer App? What could the NBN learn from the 1990s?”. Here are some notes, with a few asides from me. Middleton begins by reminding us of the importance of the rhetoric of the “killer application” in the policies and plans of broadband development. She notes that, often, this “killer app” is located in the future, still to arrive but promised or imagined. Broadband networks were initially understood as delivering content to people in a manner like television; but the alternative perspective which Middleton’s research has clearly demonstrated is that the broadband is a network – in effect, broadband is its own killer application, infrastructure to enable connectivity and user-based activity. Her problem is that the Autralian government promotes the NBN as infrastructure, as a network, but the NBN Co is building a model which implies content delivery. Recounts the history of trials for broadband … Click to read more
A significant paper on exploring new ways to think about connectivity, using different survey approaches. Click to read more
My presentation at Internet Research 10.0 Internet : Critical on Experience of Connectivity Draft full paper (not for direct quote) available: http://netcrit.net/content/aoirexperienceconnectivity2009.pdf Experience of Connectivity: AoIR Presentation View more presentations from Matthew Allen.