Cyber, digital and emerging technologies: a quick guide to select Library publications

17 September 2019

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Produced by the Parliamentary Library’s Cyber and Digital Research Group


This quick guide lists a selection of Parliamentary Library reference materials related to cyber, digital and emerging technologies across intersecting topics and policy areas.


Online activities, networked devices and the digital technologies that enable them have become core elements of the global economy and central to many aspects of daily life. The proliferation of the internet and personalised computing late last century brought about a paradigm shift in access to information and communications technologies, which in turn has ushered in fundamental changes to political and civic engagement and the pursuit of public policy outcomes.

Cyberspace is a dynamic domain, where data holdings, information flows, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things present regulatory challenges for policymakers worldwide—challenges that seem to evolve at an unprecedented pace, with multifaceted economic, legal, ethical and strategic dimensions.

The Parliamentary Library’s Cyber and Digital Research Group has compiled the following list of Library resources that may assist with navigating this complex terrain.

Links to select Parliamentary Library publications

Quick guides

The following quick guides highlight current issues related to cyber and digital technologies:

  • Cybersecurity, Cybercrime and Cybersafety (April 2019)—provides background information on national measures to build cybersecurity and cybersafety and combat cybercrime, and includes links to relevant websites.
  • Public Sector Digital Transformation (April 2019)—provides brief background information on a variety of recent and current initiatives in the Australian federal public sector associated with ‘digital transformation’, as well as links to relevant sources of information.
  • Digital Technology, the Electoral System and the Parliament (March 2019)—provides brief background information about digital technology in relation to the electoral system, the Australian Electoral Commission, and the Parliament.

Parliamentary Library Briefing Book (July 2019)

Articles from the Briefing Book: Key Issues for the 46th Parliament:

Bills digests

Significant legislative developments initiated since the 45th Parliament are outlined in the following Bills digests:

Other publications


For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.

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