If interested people are asked to register their interest in attending a stakeholder seminar/conference on the 23d September, 2008, at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington. The agenda is still under development, however, I understand the plan is to have a series of sector meetings in the morning who in turn will present their thinking to an extended meeting with Minister Cunliffe in the afternoon.
The sector groups will roughly follow the proposed outline for Forum Members, and are expected to include representatives from a wide spectrum of stakeholder organisations including, for example, business, ICT professionals and suppliers, local and regional government, community and voluntary organisations, Maori, Pacifica, creative and cultural.
The background to this is a little complex, but easily separated out. Thus in April 2008 David Cunliffe, the NZ Minister for Communications and Information Technology, announced support for the formation of a new participant-led Digital Development Forum including the delivery arm of the Forum, the Digital Development Council.
To get things going he set up an establishment board led by Fran Wilde. Members and details, here.
The Digital Development Forum is the core membership body, and is intended to be an 'association of associations' bringing together a range of organisations with common interests in progressing New Zealand's digital development.
It is proposed the core role of the Digital Development Forum will be to provide a coordinated voice and recommendations on strategic priorities to the Digital Development Council and to the Government. However, David Cunliffe has also made it clear that the Forum will not be "tied to the apron strings of any government agency" but will be run by the stakeholders involved.
The meeting in September in the Duxton hotel is the first attempt to bring the stakeholders together.
There is more detail on the Digital Development Council web site. Interested organisation, especially those who want to participate, are being asked to register an interest, here
One of the big criticisms of the makeup of the foundation board was the lack of representation from the creative/cultural sector. The message back was that these organisations would be offered full stakeholder partnerships when the arrangements for the Forum came into play.
Well this is it - the meeting on September 23d is where people who have a stake in this project need to be. So declaring an interest might be a good idea! That link again, here.