Digital Strategy Not Just About Laying Fibre

A while back I waxed on about how we needed some clear thinking around the Digital Strategy Summit. Now the economic development ministry has appointed a high flying former Telecom executive to manage the Digital Strategy policy revamp and talk up the strategy event to be held in November.

My concern about the summit event is that at $795+GST for registration (plus airfares and accomodation), the consultation process is aimed squarely at large corporate concerns. These firms are likely to be primarily interested in promoting their agendas in terms of either preserving the existing network hegemony or else positioning themselves for any government funded broadband rollout in the future.

The Digital Strategy was supposed to be about building capability around connection, community and content. But it is not clear if ordinary webizens will get access to the online forums and wikis being proposed. So I’d like to know who at the summit will be representing the wider community and the developers of digital content. If the summit fails to engage at grassroots level then surely it is over-looking the fundamental intent of Web 2.0?

There is some relief in sight however. TUANZ members are being offered a pre-summit event early November in order to collate their viewpoints. There is also now a report suggesting that a limited number of discounted places at the summit will be offered to “community organisations and young people”. The summit itself will be webcast, so interested parties and those of us without corporate charge cards can at least adopt fly-on-the-wall status.

One thought on “Digital Strategy Not Just About Laying Fibre

  1. Well the ChCh mob won’t be making the journey north, tho $9 airfares might help. It reminds me that $800+ “conferences” will be a thing of the past shortly as businesses look to cut back on wasteful costs :-)

    Maybe they should run get togethers in all the main centres and see what comes out of that?

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