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Uncontrolled Content

‘Uncontrolled Content’, at its extreme axis, refers to an imagined future in which there is absolutely no regulation and control over the production and distribution of A-V content. In practice this extreme axis is impossible (except perhaps in totalitarian contexts) and so materials tagged here sit somewhere along the ‘uncontrolled’ side of the spectrum of content control.

Title & Details



  • Andy Donovan, Director, Inter-Arts   (AD)
  • Libby Christie, Executive Director, Arts Funding (LC)
  • Nick Herd, Director, Research and Strategic Analysis (NH)
  • Jackie Bailey, Research Analyst  (JB)
  • Annmarie Chandler, OTB Facilitator (AC)
  • Ross Gibson, OTB Facilitator (RG)

Focusing Question

Where are the Arts in the Future of Australian Television?

Draft Agenda for the workshop

  • 9.30am – Introduction

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Open Access / Controlled Content

“The cork in the bottle”

  • Tight regulatory framework surrounding local content provision, censorship and viewing standards
  • open spectrum but highly specified services on each “channel”.  Digital and analogue spectrum opened up, but for tightly specified purposes (cf. datacasting debacle).
  • Final abolition of the old system of 3-channel FTA , STV+ community channels

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The first

Axis 1 open/closed content access. Open access is a world in which content is easily (though not always freely) available from all sources and may be viewed, copied, and re-deployed.   There is net neutrality and no walled gardens or protected spaces/regimes. The relationship is two-way meaning that the content supplier in return gains considerable insights into the content …(continue reading)