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Digital transformation

Digital transformationsConnecting Australia’s cities to technological and digital advancements

Internet of Things technologies and Smart Cities infrastructure, high speed digital connectivity, and issues of data governance, privacy and equal access

Disruptive digital technologies are resulting in widespread innovation and transformation across many sectors and industries, requiring rapid reskilling and adaptation. The development of smart cities which integrate physical, digital and human systems in the built environment, is changing the ways that people live and work in cities, re-shaping property markets, and influencing the way our cities are built and governed.

Digital connectivity is widely recognised as an important mechanism for economic growth, linking activities in cities across the world. The Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications sees connectivity as ‘Enabling all Australians to connect to effective communications services and technologies, for inclusiveness and sustainable economic growth.’   Exclusion from accessing these technologies can exacerbate existing socio-economic disadvantage.

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