Faced with developing Australia's awareness across all areas of the Internet, Senator Richard Alston, minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, has launched Online Australia 1999 -- a year-long focus on the information economy.
Online Australia 1999 involves a series of agenda-setting forums, events and special projects across the country which are partially sponsored by industry and corporate partners and the Federal Government, said ministry press secretary Terry O'Connor.
O'Connor claims the year is dedicated to shifting the mindset to a "use, not view" mentality across the whole spectrum of Internet usage in Australia, from major companies right through to home consumers.
"Online Australia 1999 will engage the Australian people in an economy-wide process of expanding Australia's productive, confident and vibrant online presence," said Alston.
With monthly themes including SMEs, government online, health and education, Y2K and e-commerce, O'Connor claims the current trend is to look at ways of using the Net in established business applications. "The year is about finding new online applications for conducting traditional business in new ways," he said.
The year culminates with the Online Australia Conference to be held in November, said O'Connor, with new events and projects to be added throughout the year as more people and corporations become involved.
Information and upcoming events regarding Online Australia 1999 can be found at www.onlineaustralia.net.au