Professor Julian Thomas is a Chief Investigator and Project Leader in the CCI, and Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at Swinburne University. His research interests are in new media, information policy and the history of communications technologies. Before joining the ISR in 2000, Julian taught new media at RMIT, worked on the staff of the Productivity Commission's Broadcasting Inquiry, and was a senior research fellow at the former Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy at Griffith University. Julian has written on broadcasting policy, intellectual property and new media, and community-based responses to information poverty. Julian is an associate editor of the website Australian Policy Online, and co-editor with Peter Browne of Briefings, a series of books on current issues in public policy published by UNSW Press. He is also associate editor of CCI's website Creative Economy, (www.creative.org.au), a gateway to research and analysis of Australia‚s creative industries and their cultural and social impact.