A reminder of the willful neglect of the ICT industry throughout the Howardian era. Whatever understanding they had of the sector they sold out to the interests of Packer, Murdoch and the like. A truly neglected area of government policy. To date, the Rudd Government has shown little initiative to make amends. Indeed, Stephen Conroy’s hamfisted attempt to throttle data communications through a Giant Kiddie Porn Filter is technological lunacy. Sad thing is, he probably knows that it is and is acting out Rudd’s debt to the religious right vote. I think we can safely put that one to bed. They’re not so politically influential these days, what with the end of neo-liberalism and the GFC?
God, Australia can be stupid
Australia seems determined to maintain its minnow status in the global IT environment.
How many Australian companies do you think are exhibiting at this year’s CeBIT computer fair in Hanover, Germany? It’s the biggest computer event going, where companies from around the world display their wares and make the contacts they need in a globalised economy.
You would think we’d have a decent contingent, wouldn’t you? There are usually a dozen or so Aussies there, though last year numbers were down to five (compared with 14 exhibitors from that hotbed of IT, New Zealand).
So, how many Aussie IT companies will be at the world’s biggest computer show this year? None. Not a one. Zero. The show will open its gates to its usual half-million visitors and five thousand-plus exhibitors, but Australia will be unrepresented.