The recently completed Convergence Review, chaired by Glen Boreham, makes part of a nation-building process of reform, transforming media and communications in Australia, according to the Director of UTS's Communications Law Centre Professor Michael Fraser.
Chairing a major public speech by Mr Boreham last week as part of the UTS Spotlight series, Professor Fraser said that the world-leading review comprised part of a three-part process of transforming Australia into an information society:
1.the construction of a high-speed optical network to replace the copper wire network;
2.the structural separation of Telstra from the National Broadband Network (NBN); and
3.the Convergence Review with its focus on content and consumer demand for content, rather than media providers.
"The digitisation of information and the connection of things to the internet have brought us an information revolution whose effects will be as big as the industrial revolutions of 1820 and 1920," Professor Fraser said. "We are only at the beginning of this great structural shift in our society."
"I do not believe it is possible for the government to pass regulation that can keep pace with accelerating changes in new technology, new services and new demand in the fields of communication, media, classification, copyright and cyber security.
"Flexible and adaptable principles-based regulation that supports a competitive market is the only way to protect and maintain the public interest in such a dynamic environment."
According to Professor Fraser, if we get these issues right, we will have the infrastructure for building a sustainable knowledge economy.
Glen Boreham has led organisations in the information technology, new media and creative industries through periods of rapid change and innovation. Previously, Glen was Managing Director of IBM Australia & New Zealand and now engages in a portfolio of activities, including roles as Chair of Screen Australia and Non-Executive Director of Data#3, an award winning IT company. At UTS, he inspires our innovative industry connections as Chair of both the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board and the UTS Business School Advisory Board.
Michael Fraser is Professor of Law and Director of the Communications Law Centre, UTS. He was a founder and CEO of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) for twenty one years and a founding director of Australian, foreign and international copyright management organisations. Michael has pioneered new digital content delivery, e-commerce business models and value adding virtual supply chains for content and rights. He contributes to government policy development and is an international speaker. Michael is Chairman of Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), President of the International PEN - Sydney Centre, Chairman of the Stolen Generations Testimonies Foundation and a director on the boards of the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, the Australian Copyright Council, a Member of the Telephone Information Services Standards Council and a Member of the Steering Committee for the Review of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code.