In brief: Media authority site dies during communications conference

ACMA site goes down, but the communication continues

The website for the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) has been down for the majority for the day. The site outage comes on the same day as the authority hosts the RadComms 2010 conference on radio communications and spectrum management in Melbourne.

Media manager, Donald Robertson, told Computerworld Australia that the site was down due to power problems in ACMA's Canberra offices, which affected the hardware running the site.

The outage prevented the authority from uploading transcripts and recordings from the RadComms 2010 conference for public availability. However, live streaming video of the keynote speeches were hosted externally on ACMA's Ustream channel and the authority retained an active tweet stream of key points from the speeches, also allowing other users to tweet questions to be asked to a panel of experts this afternoon.

ACMA's active social media work surrounding RadComms 2010 comes days after the Federal Government issued its response to the Government 2.0 Taskforce report, an effort that report author Nicholas Gruen should be reciprocated by individual agencies and public service employees.

The authority reflected this change with a refreshed brand and strapline - "communicating, facilitating, regulating" - which highlight the role of intermediary that it is striving to play between the consumer and telco.

"Our work is focussed on making connections in this increasingly distributed world, and this is a common thread in ACMA thinking and action," authority chairman, Chris Chapman, told those at the RadComms 2010 conference.

Robertson could not provide a timeframe for when the site would be back online.

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