Monday, 17 March 2014

#MyBroadbandvReality: turning an online survey into an effective political tool

On 20 February 2014 blogger and tweeter Noely Neate posted an online survey which sought readers views on their own broadband connections.

Clever Noely just didn’t tell the blogosphere and twitterverse about the survey results – she, along with Paul Davis, Pascal Grosvenor, Caitlin Neate and others, turned these results into an effective political tool which contained the voices of over 800 Australians.

What the survey revealed about the New South Wales broadband experience:

Credit: Paul Davis @davispg
Other state and territory graphs can be found here.

It wasn’t too long before this move began to be noticed by the political caste in Canberra:

Transcript extract from Senate Select Committee public hearing, Sydney NSW,12 March 2013

Along the way Noely et al demonstrated to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network that the Internet is not just used for downloading movies, playing games or looking at funny cat videos and, that ordinary people across the country use it in increasingly sophisticated ways:

In fact this submission was collaboratively edited across three time zones, two continents, in real time: Paul’s in Tokyo, Pascal’s in Sydney, and Cait and Noely in QLD, with other collaborators from across Australia assisting with reviews; collaborative creation made possible by using cloud-based Google technologies. This submission is an example of productivity gains through availability of Broadband, noting Noely’s broadband connection dropped numerous times during this process.

The submission (No 52):

#MyBroadbandvReality (PDF 2833 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 1054 KB) 

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