CDE News – March 2020 issue

May you live in interesting times!

While we were all focused on the impact of the digital economy, we failed to predict the black swan event that truly changes the way we live, work and think. (It’s ok to be surprised by a black swan event – otherwise, as per its definition, it wouldn’t be a black swan.)

Our team has swiftly adapted. We followed three rules: remote-first, work from home when possible, be an exemplar. And even though we are physically isolated, we are not socially isolated. We are giving our teleconferencing systems a good workout! I haven’t had 15 minutes today without being face-to-face with someone (via teleconferencing)! Seeing pets, home designs and hearing baby cries during these catchups is what makes us bond even more. Every day we have virtual stand-ups and stand-downs (on Slack). And on Friday we have virtual team drinks (on Zoom). Social isolation? What social isolation?

However, this hasn’t been easy for everyone. The pandemic has been a true test of digital maturity and revenue resilience of our world. While there are organisations that adapted quickly, a great majority are struggling and will struggle. This is a time for all of us to get together and bring our best skills to jointly reimagine and adapt to our new world. This might be the new ab-normal.

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
― Haruki Murakami

Please say virtual hello to Prof. Vivienne Tippett, a Chief Investigator in the Centre for the Digital Economy. Read some deeper dive insights into data and driverless cars. Find out about our work with the Queensland State Archives. And finally: read our thoughts about the role of the Federal Government in fulfilling Australia’s Digital Purpose.

Most importantly, stay safe!

Stay curious,

Prof. Marek Kowalkiewicz
Centre for the Digital Economy

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