It's been an interesting 17 days, but Election 2010 is more or less officially over with the news that a coalition of Labor, the Greens and three independents will, at least for now, be in control of the Federal Government. Whether you're ecstatic or despondent, breathe out and then get on with the rest of your life. To help that process, here's some projects to fill your time now that you're not following every political move on Twitter.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Tony Abbott has said he thinks it is "hugely implausible" that the speeds on the National Broadband Network could easily increase by a factor of 10 to the 1 gigabit per second maximum speed now being claimed by the NBN. For his benefit (and the benefit of confused voters), we're here to explain in simple terms why such a scenario is plausible, even though it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get that speed directly into your house.
This morning's announcement that the NBN will now offer speeds of up to one gigabit per second to the majority of Australian homes has ratcheted up the political broadband battle a notch. There's now two clear options: a high-speed government-owned network under Labor, or a best-effort privately-funded network under the Liberals. Will voters care about the distinction?
The big tech topics in the election so far have been internet censorship and what will happen in the NBN, but there are other issues worth considering, such as local industry development and sustainability. There's a debate hosted by the Australian Computer Society taking place at 1pm today between Senator Stephen Conroy, Shadow Communications Minister Tony Smith and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam to discuss all those issues, and if you're anywhere near a computer you've got plenty of chances to catch it.
The news that the Liberal Party would block any attempts to introduce mandatory internet filtering has attracted much attention since it emerged yesterday afternoon. However, a lack of detail on what alternatives might be proposed, and the lurking question of what will happen to the NBN, mean that advancing the cause of technology with your vote is still difficult.
Just voting 1 above the line for your preferred party in the Senate means you don't get to choose your preferences, but filling out all the numbers below the line is fiddly. The Below The Line site comes to the rescue, letting you customise your preferences and print out a guide to take along on voting day.
The dominant technology issue of the election so far has been internet filtering. However, an $18 million fine imposed on Telstra is a reminder that Labor and Liberal parties both have very different views of the telecommunications industry, particularly on whether we need the National Broadband Network.
We've already mentioned the excellent ElectionLeaflets.org.au as a resource to share election 2010 pamphlets and other marketing materials, but the National Library of Australia is collecting the actual physical documents as part of its role in documenting Australian history. Hit the link for details of how you can help out by mailing election ephemera to the library.
Being on Twitter may be a pre-requisite for aspiring politicians these days, but much campaigning still takes place via old-fashioned mailbox drops. ElectionLeaflets.org.au is aiming to collect scans of all the leaflets used in the 2010 election, keeping a check on whether any parties make unwarranted or dodgy claims.
Remember that poll we featured a week or so ago asking if you'd vote for a party which supports the Labor Internet filter? Having run on 17 Australian technology sites, the poll is now closed and the results are clear: virtually no-one wants to vote for the filter.
Thinking of voting for the Greens but don't want any preferences flowing to pro-cenosrship minister Senator Stephen Conroy? As part of its ongoing Fight The Filter campaign, Gizmodo has a comprehensive explanation of why voting for the Greens above the line in the Victorian senate won't see any of your preferences directed his way in practice. I'm personally still planning to fill out all the numbers on my own Senate voting form -- that's the only way to balance my views on a lot of issues -- but if that seems too much hassle, it's well worth a read.