The ACMA has published three significant thought leadership pieces as part of a series of discussion papers about communications and media regulation:
Together they frame the ACMA’s considerations on the development of a single coherent regulatory framework for media and communications. They articulate and support our idea that current media and communications legislation and regulation in Australia are under strain, increasingly ‘unfit for purpose’, and often unsuited to the goal of promoting the public interest.
Enduring concepts examines the concepts that are of ongoing importance to media and communications in Australia. It is a companion paper to Broken concepts, released in August 2011 and updated with a further ten broken concepts in Broken concepts—A 2013 update on the Australian communications legislative landscape.
The paper considers the fundamental concepts that underlie the rationale for regulatory and non-regulatory responses in media and communications markets. It considers how these concepts may be applied in a converged media and communications framework.
Of the 16 enduring concepts identified in Enduring concepts, the following three are convergence concepts, which are not articulated in current frameworks:
- Confidence of citizens and consumers in using the opportunities arising from new communications and media services, recognising shared responsibility for making communications and media work in the public interest.
- Digital information management is emerging as a key issue in the digital economy. With digital/IP network technologies now enabling different uses of digital information by different service providers, new issues include packet discrimination and the appropriate treatment of personal data.
- Digital citizenship recognises that today's new services and devices require users to have a much greater degree of understanding and expertise to participate fully in the services. Digital literacy and an understanding of individual rights and obligations are of growing importance to effective engagement in social, economic and civic life.
Enduring concepts formed the foundation for many of the issues raised in the ACMA paper 'Connected citizens—A regulatory strategy for the networked society and information economy', which examines how regulatory practice can be adapted to deal with the 21st century challenges of a networked economy and society.