EVENT: Consumer Congress – ACMA & Communications Alliance

A month or so ago, I spoke at WebJam about how frustrating it was that organisations setting the agenda for social networks are industry-based (e.g. media and advertising) and that very few are protecting everyday users/members. Add to that, none of these industry groups really provide an online community for their members (industry or otherwise) one wonders how they can protect our social media initiatives when they aren’t participating and don’t “get” it themselves. And industry organisation simply can’t take care of consumer generated content as well as their own needs! So I’m delighted to be part of a ACMA and Communications Alliance day called Consumer Congress with people like Jennie Brockie from SBS Insight – and you can come along too! Yay! :

Master of Ceremonies and Moderator – Jennie Brockie


9.30am Registration – Tea and Coffee
10.00am Welcome
10.30am What Technologies are on the Horizon?
Our esteemed panel will provide an overview of the technologies that are likely to be adopted in the future and how consumers could use these technologies.

Speakers: Laurel Papworth, Online Communities Strategist, World Communities; Mark Pesce, Writer, Inventor and Researcher; Michael McLeod, CEO, Message Stick Communications

12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm How will future technologies assist with accessibility?
Our expert panel will look at how accessibility will improve with new technologies. How will future technologies help with the challenges faced by the people with disabilities, older Australians and the rural consumer?

Speakers: Graeme Innes, Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner, HREOC; Alex Varley, CEO, Media Access Australia; Tim Noonan, Company Director & Principal Consultant, Tim Noonan Consulting

2.30pm Afternoon Tea
2.45pm Empowering Consumers – The Way Forward
The panel will address possible scenarios and solutions for enabling consumers to fully participate in the digital age. Join our thought-provoking panel as they outline the possible future policy initiatives, creative strategies and future goals.

Speakers: Mara Bun, Head of Research, CANNEX; Chris Cheah, Member, ACMA; Katherine Blashki, Chair of New Media Technologies in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Deakin University

3.45pm Closing Remarks
4.00pm Close – Drinks and Networking

Dave “LifeKludger” whatya reckon I should make sure gets heard? Mike “Fang“? Priscilla “Lil’ Sis“? Anyone else? If people are silly enough to give me a podium, I’m gonna use it. And if I’m silly enough to ask you your opinion, you should shout out. 🙂

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

4 thoughts on “EVENT: Consumer Congress – ACMA & Communications Alliance

  1. The “day” sounds interesting 🙂

    I’m afraid I don’t have any idea how to answer your question. But then, that’s why I’ll be coming along to hear you speak … so I can get the answers 🙂

    “lil sis” P

  2. Oh gosh, *pouts* I thought this collaborative 2.0 thing meant I didn’t have to do my own work anymore – I just post up my questions on a blog and wait for the answers to roll in. Maybe I have to wait for 3.0. 😛

    Daaaaave and Miiiiiike will have something to say, betcha. I think the day is a mix of accessibility and technology. Not simply web accessibility (which I know is one of your babies, PrissySissy) but a broader technology accessibility. And for all sorts of consumers. I guess I don’t want to just chuck my standard mobile phone solutions up for discussion. I better put on my thinking cap. *plonks on thinking cap* there, does it suit me? 😛

  3. Ok. First, no, your thinking cap doesn’t suit you. Get a new one.

    Second, is this show media-centric?

    I got some things to say, well, what’s new she says, but I think I’ll write a blog post about it.

    Get back to me about the focus.


  4. I got a real simple idea.
    RSS gives us a profound clue.
    – If every website put out decent RSS anyone could consume content in an ‘accessible’ way
    – If the world followed the OPEN principles which launched podcasting (ie standards based content, NO DRM, free and open licensing) then information would flow more freely and teh world would be a better place.

    Fang – Mike Seyfang

    p.s. Id write a post like Dave but Im feeling crook (what is the date of this event?)

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