What to expect from the new $8,000 computers in Australia
The Federal Government has announced the release of a new $800,000 computing system designed to provide “digital citizenship” in Australia.
The system, which will cost $8 million, is being built by the Australian Computer Society.
It will offer users a virtual “virtual office”, which they can use to make presentations, record lectures, and share work online.
“It will provide a very real sense of what it is like to be a computer user in Australia,” said the AOSS’ CEO, Ian Anderson.
“The AOSG will be a global leader in digital citizenship, but it will be based in Australia.”
The system will be available to all Australians by the end of 2019, and will be the largest government-funded digital citizenship program in the world.
“Digital citizenship” is an idea that was introduced by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013.
It aims to make Australians feel more connected and less isolated, said Ms Anderson.
She said the new system will make Australians more aware of how their digital footprint affects them, as well as provide a more personalised experience, as the user can use their own home computer desk or laptop.
The AosG is now working with a number of universities and companies to get the technology up and running, she said.
“This is the first step towards the next generation of digital citizenship for Australians.”
Ms Anderson said the virtual office would provide a real sense to people of what digital life is like, and allow users to communicate and interact with the world in a more direct, more collaborative manner.
She says the virtual “office” could be used by students, teachers, and researchers.
“Students can record lectures and write papers, while educators can use the software to share work, collaborate on projects, or collaborate with their students,” she said, “and it will allow Australians to be involved in making the Australian digital landscape better, safer, and more open.”
The AOC’s Digital Citizenship project has been in the works for more than a year, and has been working on a range of new ideas, including:Creating a virtual office that allows users to do work remotely on their home computer using a laptop, or using a desktop computer or laptop to record lectures.
Installing a virtual library on a desktop where students can study and collaborate.
Instantly getting people to participate in online projects with a virtual community, with the ability to share files and share presentations online.
Creating a network of online forums for users to discuss issues, and collaborate online.
Ms Anderson says the AOC will also work with government agencies to help build a digital community in Australia, so that citizens are more able to engage with each other, and that information can be more easily shared.
“A number of government agencies and digital institutions will be helping to build this community,” she explained.
“We are hoping to have it up and ready for people by the first quarter of 2020.”