People and Communities

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How will the Digital Economy Strategy affect Queenslanders and communities?

Queenslanders are on a digital journey as we learn more about the technology options available and the wide range of online information and services accessible to them.

Queenslanders lives and lifestyles may be improved through increasing our options and capacity to use the internet, digital technologies and services.

This focus area concentrates on removing barriers to digital access and identifying ideas and future actions to help increase use of the internet, digital technologies and online services.

Consultation feedback :

  • Poor connectivity to the internet, affordability of internet services in the regions, and limited availability of online government services were the main reasons given for ‘unconnected people’ not engaging (or choosing not to engage) with the digital economy.
  • A key role of Queensland Government seen as leveraging and lobbying the Federal Government for better broadband and mobile access and continuation of their digital capability-related programs.
  • Wide support and recognition of the value of using libraries (as well as schools) as ‘safe’ spaces/hubs for digital access, learning and work– particularly to improve digital literacy and awareness among ‘unconnected’ Queenslanders.



How will the Digital Economy Strategy affect Queenslanders and communities?

Queenslanders are on a digital journey as we learn more about the technology options available and the wide range of online information and services accessible to them.

Queenslanders lives and lifestyles may be improved through increasing our options and capacity to use the internet, digital technologies and services.

This focus area concentrates on removing barriers to digital access and identifying ideas and future actions to help increase use of the internet, digital technologies and online services.

Consultation feedback :

  • Poor connectivity to the internet, affordability of internet services in the regions, and limited availability of online government services were the main reasons given for ‘unconnected people’ not engaging (or choosing not to engage) with the digital economy.
  • A key role of Queensland Government seen as leveraging and lobbying the Federal Government for better broadband and mobile access and continuation of their digital capability-related programs.
  • Wide support and recognition of the value of using libraries (as well as schools) as ‘safe’ spaces/hubs for digital access, learning and work– particularly to improve digital literacy and awareness among ‘unconnected’ Queenslanders.


Welcome to the share your story space, for case studies, video's, pictures relevant to this theme.  All are welcome to participate and submit.

Orbit is a computer game created to protect children from sexual abuse. What do you think of this digital initiative?

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Milk Carton 2.0

In 1979 a brilliant idea was created to place the pictures of missing persons onto milk cartons, raising awareness of the missing people on a commodity that was used daily in most households.

Milk Carton 2.0 uses the digital space to perform the same valuable community service but more effectively and more efficiently.  The project allows users to donate their social networks to help spread information about missing children to their online communities.  It replaces Google ads with reports on missing children, utilises a Pinterest board to allow people to attach visual triggers (e.g. clothing, abduction vehicle) and a mobile alert is sent to foursquare locations closest to the abduction scene.

Is this the future of finding missing people? Watch the video and tell us what you think.

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Brisbane Seniors Online

Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is a not-for-profit association run by volunteers. It provides seniors in the Greater Brisbane area with basic computing skills, and the opportunity to extend those skills to keep up to date with changing technology.

Brisbane Seniors Online has created a range of online tools as well as a volunteer mentoring network to enable over-50s to improve their lives through online tools, and now have a large alumni of very grateful members.

One BSOL member states "speaking for myself - now in my late eighties - I was reluctant to accept a computer from my family. “ "… because of my BSOL mentor I am now confidently able to email friends and family all over the world, to receive and send wonderful family pictures and to keep up to date with all their activities.”

“… my mentor has also patiently and willingly taught me the ability to 'surf the net' and so easily find answers to so many questions.  I am able to see the places I have visited overseas, and much more.  I can make and save files of all the information I want.  Not to mention the pleasure of being able to replay so much beautiful music, read so many extraordinary emails and view DVDs, all of which has certainly enriched my life.”

“I am very proud and very grateful to be a member of Brisbane Seniors Online".


Thank you for sharing your story.

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