Winter joins IA as the organisation, says chief executive Laurie Patton, increases its efforts to convince the federal government to abandon what it describes as a “technically inferior” national broadband network.
Known in broadcasting circles for his role as an announcer and manager at Triple J, Winter was an early starter at the ABC’s Innovation division, having extensive involvement in online, mobile and interactive media content production.
Winter currently works with the Australian Smart Communities Association and is a juror with the New York think-tank The Intelligent Community Forum.
“While our primarily focus right now is on the beleaguered NBN, we are also active in a range of other important policy areas. Smart cities need good broadband. The Internet of Things will create new opportunities for Australia in the emerging digitally-enabled global economy. In all these areas Chris bring a wealth of knowledge”.
Winter said he was keen to help develop IA’s policies and to “contribute to its role as an advocate on behalf of all Australian Internet users”.
Hurley said Winter’s experience with the federal government’s IT Industry Innovation Council and the Queensland Government’s Ministerial IT Advisory Group had given him valuable insights into the challenges Australia faces when it came to embracing high speed networks as a utility.
IA has called on the government to revert to a fibre-based NBN and has argued in favour of the extension of the telco Universal Service Obligation to include the provision of broadband access.
The organisation is also opposed to Internet site-blocking, which it maintains has not been proven to work overseas, and is also critical of what it says is the “fundamentally flawed” Data Retention Act.