The Forum attracted close to 200 participants from across Australia and called for a renewed push for increased delivery of digital skills for rural and remote Australia. In particular we see a high need for more targeted investment in digital literacy programs especially for indigenous and isolated communities.
The Alliance continues to bring together people who are passionate in creating a vibrant, connected and creative Australia for rural regional and remote communities. As such the Forum provided a valuable networking opportunity for all delegates, sponsors and speakers.
The Forum program included some new features this year:
- The ABCs “Big Ideas from the Bush” – A panel discussion moderated by ABC journalist Cathy Van Extel – to be broadcast in coming months
- “Influencing to accelerate action on digital inclusion- why, what, and how?” – A live plenary streamed to several locations nationally
- An interactive Android App and iOS App for all delegates to share information
- Speaker presentations are now available here.
The annual (IFD) Indigenous Focus Day press release here, facilitated by Christine Ross prior to the B4B Forum, provided insight into indigenous communities’ telecommunication challenges with a number of community workshops identifying how progress could be made towards better digital inclusion for indigenous communities.
A summary of the forum is available and B4BA representatives are keen to continue the conversation.
B4BA undertaking a national survey to evaluate people’s access to Internet, telecommunications and their understanding of telehealth services available through videoconferencing.
During recent years significant effort has been made to increase the availability of Internet access and telehealth services in Australia and B4BA is keen to evaluate the impact of this investment.
Your participation in this survey would be appreciated. Below is the link to the survey:
The survey is being done by B4BA with assistance from the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University and support from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).
Closing date: extended to 23 July 2018