Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe is calling for all New Zealanders to have their say on the Draft Digital Strategy 2.0 which has been released for public comment.
The Draft Digital Strategy 2.0 is about taking the next step into New Zealand’s digital future. To achieve our digital potential as a nation, we need to think differently and collectively about the kinds of outcomes possible from our use of digital technology, and agree on priorities that will bring the right conditions for businesses, communities and individuals to realise the benefits from the use of technology.
“This draft strategy is a work in progress that provides a valuable platform for getting feedback on the path to our shared digital future from business, Maori, the community and voluntary sector, and the research and local government sectors.
“Digital technologies are rapidly changing every aspect of our lives. The world itself has altered with the advent of new digital technologies.
“It’s now timely to reassess the Digital Strategy’s goals and priorities, consider new developments, and focus on tasks that address the challenges of our new fully interactive digital environment,” said Mr Cunliffe.
“The 2005 Strategy focused on three key enablers - connection, confidence, and content. The Draft Strategy includes a new fourth enabler, collaboration. The feedback gained during the consultation process will assist us to determine how all four ‘Cs’ can contribute to New Zealand achieving its digital potential and transforming our economy and society.
“The Digital Future Summit 2.0 in November last year challenged us to think harder about getting the full social, environmental and economic value from ICT. This draft Strategy therefore drives harder to define the productivity, community and sustainability outcomes enabled by ICT.
“New Zealanders now have four weeks to have their say before a final report is delivered later this year,” said Mr Cunliffe.
Consultation on the Draft Digital Strategy 2.0 will be from 14 April to 5.00pm 12 May 2008, and includes opportunities for feedback via new tools, such as a wiki and online dialogue boxes.