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Australia exists in a world well and truly on its way to digital saturation. While we are likely decades away from the terrifying concept of “peak digital”, a complete renovation of how the public, organisations, governments and countries engage with and influence one another is occurring all around us. Almost two-thirds of the world’s 7.4 billion people are unique mobile users. Globally, one in three people are active social media users and 85 per cent of these are accessing accounts from mobile phones. The changes occurring in our neighbourhood are even starker. With 94 per cent of the Asia-Pacific’s 4.1 billion citizens on a mobile phone, it is the most mobile-connected region in the world. If we stitch together the social media populations of North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa we still don’t arrive anywhere near Asia’s 1.2 billion users. But the ways in which digital technologies are impacting the globe, and hence Australia’s place in it, is a more interesting and complex story than our proximity to billions of online users. The real story is understanding how these online users are disrupting international relations and what that means for Australia.
Read ‘Time to position Australia as a digital player in a world online’ by Danielle Cave, published in the Sydney Morning Herald.