Since 2011, the ACMA has hosted a series of conversation-based forums bringing together many voices on issues surrounding convergent media content. The conversation series feature contributions from citizens and consumers, industry representatives and industry groups, academics, researchers and consumer groups.
The series aims to share information and perspectives from these diverse groups, about content and regulation in an increasingly converged media landscape, exploring scenarios and solutions that meet people’s needs.
The series kicked off with the Young citizens in a changing media world forum. The forum covered topics such as young citizens online—education and protection, television programming for young citizens, insights into young people’s views on convergence from recent research, as well as social media and online search.
The second event in the series was Tuning in to Kids TV in March 2012. The forum discussed kids and TV today, the specific viewing needs of 5 to 11-year-olds, non-drama programming, and the depiction of violence in animation and live action drama.
A number of further events in the series were held in June 2013 as part of the Contemporary community safeguards inquiry. The events sought to find out what industry and the public think about the broadcasting codes of practice. Members of the community joined a mix of industry professionals, academics and journalists at the free, half-day sessions. More information on these events can be found here.
The most recent event in the Citizen conversations series was Live captioning: let's talk held on September 15, 2015. The event was part of the process to help inform the ACMA's review of the Television Captioning Standard, which focuses on the quality of captioning for live, part-live and pre-recorded television programs. More information about this event can be found here.