Govt releases draft Digital Strategy 2.0

Focus on a broader digital agenda is evident in draft

The Ministry of Economic Development has released a draft of the government's updated digital strategy for public comment.

As expected, the draft Digital Strategy 2.0 focuses a lot on the impact of digital technologies on citizen, society and government rather than on the narrower ICT sector.

"In the few years since the 2005 Digital Strategy, we have seen changes in the ways people communicate, interact, do business and experience their histories and cultures," the draft strategy says.

"Today’s digital technologies are enabling new expressions of New Zealanders’ sense of identity and community on screen and online. New business models are emerging, disrupting the old. Citizen-centred transactions have the potential to transform government. Smart digital technologies are enabling us to do things faster but with fewer resources."

The draft says it is time to respond to this "digital revolution":

"The refreshed digital strategy will be the product of this national conversation. It will be the yardstick to measure our progress towards our digital future over the next few years."

The draft says revolutionary change has occurred in telecommunications since the 2005 Digital Strategy and many of the targets of the 2005 document have been achieved, "while others remaining are  not ambitious enough in the current environment".

The new draft focuses on issues such as the internet generation, the participative web, digital broadcasting, digital culture, converging markets and other issues.

Consultation on the Draft Digital Strategy 2.0 will run from April 14 to 5.00pm May 12 2008 at www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz

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