Introducing the Melbourne Networked Society Institute

We are delighted to announce that the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) is now the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI).

The challenges and opportunities of the networked society transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Understanding the networked society requires an interdisciplinary approach. The Melbourne Networked Society Institute's mission is to foster interdisciplinary research focused upon the key question: how can society take advantage of networks and connectivity?

MNSI builds upon the history of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) and marks the natural evolution of the Institute as research has evolved from focusing on universal access to broadband to the complexity, scale and speed of connectivity underpinning the networked society. Read more about the challenges and opportunities of the networked society.

Since 2009, IBES developed an interdisciplinary research community comprising over 100 researchers from the University of Melbourne and numerous external collaborators from other universities, industry, government and the not-for-profit and community sectors. The Institute provided funding to seed over 80 research projects, supported the next generation of research leaders through the provision of scholarships to 24 PhD students, and established important research infrastructure with the support of leading industry partners.

The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society has enjoyed strong support and engagement from the Victorian State Government, the University of Melbourne, industry and researchers, and we are keen to continue collaboration with our partners to address the challenges of the networked society.

The Institute's team guided by its Executive Committee and Advisory Board, is hard at work preparing a program of research and activities. We look forward to sharing these activities with you over the coming months as we shape the networked society.