The latest survey of the Internet in Australia project is now available to download
Progress in 2012
In 2012 we published CCI digital futures: The internet in Australia that consolidated the results from our third survey of Australian internet use. This precipitated a number of media interviews and we wrote five opinion pieces based on this work. WIP findings were quoted extensively in both the Finkelstein Review and the Productivity Commission’s report on the retail industry in Australia. We presented our findings to a number of audiences including Accenture and the executive team of Disney Australia. Ewing attended the Annual WIP Partners’ Meeting in Sharjah where he presented the paper ‘So many reports: internet policy and regulation in Australia’. Late in 2012, together with Ramon Lobato and James Meese, we submitted to First Monday an article on music piracy based on the WIP data, which is under review.
Plans for 2013
Our first task for 2013 is to undertake our fourth survey of Australians’ internet use. This data will be published in our fourth Digital futures report and in a number of more detailed reports focused on particular themes. As we did in 2011, we will produce a series of press releases that highlight our findings on particular topics and themes, and anticipate that this will again generate substantial media interest. The longitudinal data generated by this project will be integrated into a book on the Internet in Australia, to be co-authored by Scott and Julian. It will also form the basis for a number of chapters in an edited collection that will include work by other CCI members. Ewing will be attending the Annual WIP Partners’ Meeting in Bogota.
New Knowledge Generated
As the only survey of its type conducted in Australia the World Internet Project generates a large amount of new knowledge. Our work has informed major government inquiries, been used by large corporations and generated substantial media interest. It has been published in reports, journal articles, opinion pieces, book chapters and will form the basis of a book on the Australian internet to be published in 2014.