Security Research Centre, School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Since the Internet was publicly made available, it has become popular and widely used in a range of services such as Email, News, IRC, World Wide Web around the globe. Progressively other services such as telephony, video conferencing, video on demand, interactive TV, Geospatial Information System (GIS), have emerged and become available on the Internet. Nowadays, Internet broadband communication infrastructure, both wired and wireless, make the concept of a Digital Community possible. The Digital Community has been growing and expanding rapidly around the world. This changes the way we live, work and play. Creating a Digital Community can empower local authorities to carry out more activities with limited resources, yet encourage business growth, provide better services, and enhance security (Intel, 2005b). This research will specifically examine the concept of a secure digital community in terms of Online Services Internet Technologies in selected local councils in Western Australia. However the research is significant to all digital communities.