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Securing Our Digital Future

By Mike Miller

Our digital future depends on preparing industry and society for change.

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Today’s digital technologies are having a significant societal and economic impact within Australia. They are also acting as the basis of a newly emerging set of foundational technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data, machine learning and autonomous systems, which will disrupt every aspect of the economy.

This digital transformation presents a range of opportunities and challenges. We must address three key areas to maximise opportunity in Information, Computing and Technology (ICT) development and application and reduce societal impact. Stakeholders across government, industry, academia and the community need to take responsibility for:

  • developing information and communication technologies in Australia;
  • advancing digital transformation for industry and government in Australia; and
  • evaluating the implications of digital transformation on society.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) is working to provide guidance to various sectors on the required next steps as Australia’s national capabilities in ICT and digital engineering strive to underpin growth in all Australian industry sectors, including health, agriculture, finance, mining and education.

Australia’s digital future will rely upon a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills base. Critically,...

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