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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Measurement needs to reflect the current environment and cross-cutting nature of ICT. It needs to incorporate the experiences of people, businesses and the economy, as well as supporting infrastructure.
Getting a clear picture of current conditions and trends related to ICT can be challenging. Important aspects of ICT can be monitored using information on:
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND OUR CHANGING WORLD
Continuously changing technology provides the platform for dynamic and expanding avenues for innovation, creativity and for personal, social and political expression. ICT is changing the way people use their free time and changing the behaviour of individuals, including how they interact with their family and friends, community, businesses, and government. It is changing perceptions of community and even changing how people think.
There are a range of events, pressures and drivers of change that have the potential to substantially affect wellbeing. In relation to ICT, some examples of these factors include:
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND ACTIONS SUPPORTING WELLBEING
There are many ways that people, community groups, the business sector and governments can work to improve ICT in Australia, particularly to improve an individual's command over, and access to, ICT systems and opportunities. Some examples include actions to:
BUT THIS IS NOT THE WHOLE STORY...
To gain a better understanding of ICT in Australian society, look through the pages on:
Need some more information on ICT? This section can point you in the right direction.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, May 2015, Discussion Paper: Consultation on topics emerging from submission to the Information and Communication Technology Statistics Review, 2015, (cat. no. 8179.0.55.002) - The ICT Review aims to identify opportunities to improve ICT statistics, to develop a flexible, responsive and internationally consistent measurement agenda and framework for ongoing assessment of the digital economy, and to improve coordination and governance of information needs into the future.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian National Accounts - Information and Communication Technology Satellite Accounts - An ICT satellite account defines ICT products and identifies their supply and use, so that a comprehensive set of economic data relating to ICT activity can be compiled for the Australian economy. Among other things, this allows the size of ICT production relative to other types of economic activity to be quantified.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2011, OECD Guide to Measuring the Information Society - Provides the statistical definitions, classifications and methods to measure and compare the information society across countries and uses a framework based on a conceptual model for information society statistics.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - ITU represents a cross section of the global ICT industry, and brokers agreements on technologies and services to create seamless global communications. They produce a Manual for Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals, which includes a conceptual framework for the information society.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 2009, Manual for the Production of Statistics on the Information Economy - Serves as a reference for national statistical offices and other producers of official statistics on business use of information and communications technology (ICT). The Manual provides a guide to data collection and analysis, international standards, and definitions. It also offers model questions for surveys on ICT use, and it reviews important institutional issues related to compiling ICT statistics.
Eurostat - Is the statistical office of the European Union. It works closely with information society statisticians from its member states, and other participating countries, to develop and run the annual European Union surveys on ICT usage, which provides detailed and highly comparable datasets. Eurostat produces model questionnaires and methodological manuals dealing with measurement of ICT access and use.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, December 2014, Innovation and Technology Update, (cat. no. 8101.0) - Provides information on statistical developments and releases in the research and experimental development, venture capital, innovation, and communication technology fields.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, Essential Statistical Assets for Australia, (cat. no. 1395.0) - The Essential Statistical Assets (ESA) for Australia initiative aims to identify the essential statistical assets critical to decision-making in Australia. It also identifies data gaps so they can be addressed, helps ensure that essential statistics are of sufficient quality, and enhances the effectiveness of the national statistical system by helping to identify areas of underutilisation and potential duplication.
Australian Government Attorney-General's Department, Cyber Security - The Australian Government's approach to cyber security is contained within its Cyber Security Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to promote a secure, resilient and trusted electronic operating environment that supports Australia's national security and maximises the benefits of the digital economy.
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) - Is the peak representative body and advocacy group for the ICT industry in Australia.
Australian Computer Society (ACS) - Is the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector.
Australian Government Department of Communications - Advises the Australian Government about the communications industry - television, radio, internet, phone, post, and the changes in digital technologies, and undertakes analysis, provides advice and develops and delivers programmes so Australians can enjoy the benefits of modern communications.
The Bureau of Communications Research (BCR) - A professional, independent, economic and statistical research unit in the Department of Communications. With a digital focus, it supports the development of good public policy through sound, fact-based policy development and advice based on economic and statistical research and analysis.
Information, Media and Telecommunications (IMT)
Definition of Division J of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 edition. The Information Media and Telecommunications Division includes units mainly engaged in:
Not to be confused with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which refers to the technologies that enable information to be accessed, stored, processed, transformed, manipulated and disseminated.
The digital platform is the infrastructure and networks in place to enable the function and delivery of digital technologies and communications services.
Digital technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data. These include social media, online games and applications, multimedia, productivity applications, cloud computing, interoperable systems and mobile devices.
The OECD refers to the digital divide as the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard both to their opportunities to access ICT and to their use of the Internet for a wide variety of activities.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), (cat. no. 1292.0) - For use in the compilation and analysis of industry statistics in Australia and New Zealand using supply-side based industry definitions and groupings.
National Statistical Service, Essential Statistical Assets for Australia.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, Essential Statistical Assets for Australia, (cat. no. 1395.0) - ESA 866 Personal Internet Access and Usage and ESA 195 IT Use and Innovation By Businesses.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, May 2015, Discussion Paper: Consultation on topics emerging from submission to the Information and Communication Technology Statistics Review, 2015, (cat. no. 8179.0.55.002).
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013, Measures of Australia's Progress (cat. no. 1370.0).
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