Australia down the digital gurgler?

New global rankings of digital competency put Australia into the swamp of economic failure, but the creative industries are standing firm.
Huge drain hole in reservoir

The dully named Committee for Economic Development of Australia has released some damning figures about Australia’s digital competitiveness in relation to the rest of the world.

Australia’s creative sector understands the value of our digital transformation, though artists, fabricators and communicators have no control over it. Even if the product is analog, the design, construction, movement, organisation, marketing and payment relies on computers. The death of the net is a key dystopian fantasy.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.