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Digital suburbs? Some policy implications of greater domestic connectivity

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Louise JohnsonLouise Johnson
Since the mid-1990s there has occurred a communications revolution. With the development and widespread dissemination of Information Communications Technologies (ICTs), the capacity of virtually everyone in the developed world to send, receive and manipulate masses amounts of information has been transformed. In the light of high levels of internet uptake across Australian cities and the looming rollout of the National Broadband Network, it is timely to investigate just what the impacts may be on house design, service access, socialisation and connections to localities. The answer to these questions will potentially have profound implications for the future planning of Australian cities and suburbs. So, has the proliferation of domestic broadband led to more people working from home rather than commuting, on line socialising, and on line service access? Or has greater connectivity meant that the form and range of information flow has altered but the physicality of service provision, job access and socialisation is just, if not more, important? This paper will locate these questions within research on the economic, social and political impacts of ICTs before discussing how the digital revolution is having limited economic effects but profound social and political impacts on Melbourne’s western suburbs.



Sydney, N.S.W.

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E Conference publication, E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

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2013, State of Australian Cities Research Network


State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings


Ruming K, Randolph B, Gurran N

Title of proceedings

State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings


State of Australian Cities. National Conference (2013: Sydeny, N.S.W.)


State of Australian Cities Research Network

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Sydney, N.S.W.