Australia’s digitally incoherent politicians are threatening the ad and media industries

Mumbrella | January 03, 2019

A striking thing about the botched first round of the federal government’s Regional and Small Publishers’ Innovation fund is a what a quaint idea Canberra has of innovation. Of the 29 successful applications, seven are for content management systems, four are for websites and two are for email services. Welcome to 1998. While it’s admirable that the federal government would help tardy publishers enter the 21st Century, the other striking thing is how inconsistent the nation’s leaders and public servants are in their attitudes towards the online world.

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Join Johnny Taxpayer, Taxy MacTaxface, and Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in discovering what works, and what doesn't, in state government website design. The journey continues as Hegar reveals the features that make one website shine as an example of customer service. And if you're up for some adventure yourself, be sure to visit http://Comptroller.Texas.Gov.

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Informatica | September 22, 2022

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