There will be free wi-fi for remote Indigenous communities, an expanded document verification service, and more government services online by 2017 under proposed actions in an overhauled digital strategy released by the Australian government today. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced this morning that he is dusting off the two-year-old National Digital Economy Strategy to become Advancing Australia as a Digital Economy (PDF), with 24 new actions aimed to help the government meet the eight goals it set itself back in 2011 by 2020. The government will develop a new curriculum for technology to be taught to all students, from foundation until year 8. The government will also invest AU$6.5 million over the next four years into National ICT Australia on a new program to encourage students to take up study in IT, including in areas where there are known skill shortages, such as advanced software developers, software engineers, and data scientists. By the end of 2017, the government has also outlined that government agencies will need to provide user-friendly online access to priority services, with access provided through a single authentication method for desktop, mobile, and other means of accessing the sites. To underpin this, the government will also look at expanding the use of the document verification service, and will make it more widely available to the private sector. It will also investigate the use of higher assurance digital credentials issued by financial organisations, and whether this can be used by government in establishing the identification of its users…. [Read full story]
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