The Internet and Regional Australia

  • 53 pages

  • Published: 1 Jun 2001

  • Author(s): Simpson, Rosie

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The last decade has seen a technological revolution, which has touched all aspects of business and society in Australia, the western world and to a lesser extent, the developing world.

This revolution has occurred against a backdrop of a longer period of fundamental changes in the Australian rural economy and communities. The decline in traditional agriculture’s terms of trade and resultant employment numbers has seen many communities that were previously reliant on agriculture looking for means to keep their communities alive.

The Internet has been seized on by many as the potential saviour for rural Australia and this study looks at some of the reasons and examples of where this may be becoming a reality. The Internet however also poses a significant threat, further opening communities up to global forces outside their control with potentially damaging effects.