Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas is Director of the ISR, and also leads the ISR’s Media and Communications program. His research interests are in new media, information policy and the history of communications technologies.

Before coming to the ISR in 2000, he taught new media at RMIT, worked on the staff of the Productivity Commission’s Broadcasting Inquiry, and was a senior researcher at the former Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy at Griffith University.

His publications include studies of intellectual property issues relating to new media, the future of local content rules for Australian television, and computer skills in Australian schools. He is currently writing a book about music piracy and the internet.


Wiring Atherton Gardens

ResearchTHE PLACE IS Atherton Gardens, a public-housing estate in the Melbourne inner-city suburb of Fitzroy: four 24-storey towers, 10 flats a floor, more than 2000 residents, although no one is ever quite sure of the exact number of people....

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