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Internet experts explore broadband and society

Media release

An international team of new technologies experts will visit Curtin University for a public symposium aimed at exploring the value, need and methods for researching social broadband.

Providing a series of short presentations, speakers will focus on the analysis of previous research findings in social broadband and will look at the proposition of a new key area of inquiry.

Some of the experts are part of an international research team led by Curtin to better understand the benefits and opportunities of fast widespread broadband. This research will help Australia to exploit the National Broadband Network (NBN) as it rolls out across the country.

After the presentations, an audience representing universities, government, business and the community will discuss topics, including; how broadband is understood and experienced by society; digital media, media markets and media policy; the development and use of new communication technologies, including mobile devices; and the regulatory and policy frameworks for broadband development.

Symposium speakers include: Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies, Professor Catherine Middleton; University of Canberra Associate Professor Sora Park; Western Australian Government Digital Economy Branch General Manager, Jim Wyatt; China’s Southwest Jiaotong University Associate Professor Chun Liu; Edith Cowan University Professor Lelia Green, and Curtin University Professor Matthew Allen .

Date: Monday 5 December 2011

Time: 2 – 5pm

Venue: Council Chambers, Building 100, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

Cost: Free (media are invited to this event. Please make contact to arrange attendance.)

Contacts:

Professor Matthew Allen, Foundation Head, Department of Internet Studies, Curtin University
Tel: 0433124454, Email: m.allen@curtin.edu.au

Andrea Barnard, Public Relations, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 4241, Mobile: 0401 103 755, Email: andrea.barnard@curtin.edu.au