Digital suburbs? Some policy implications of greater domestic connectivity

Johnson, Louise 2013, Digital suburbs? Some policy implications of greater domestic connectivity, in State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Sydney, N.S.W..

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Title Digital suburbs? Some policy implications of greater domestic connectivity
Author(s) Johnson, LouiseORCID iD for Johnson, Louise
Conference name State of Australian Cities. National Conference (2013: Sydeny, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 26-29 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings
Editor(s) Ruming, Kristian
Randolph, Randolph
Gurran, Nicole
Publication date 2013
Total pages 9
Publisher State of Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) Australia
Digital connectivity
Outer suburbs
Summary 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.
ISBN 1740440331
Language eng
Field of Research 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Socio Economic Objective 960708 Urban Land Policy
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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