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The Frustrated State will be the first in-depth book examining how Australia’s political sector is mismanaging technology policy.
The Frustrated State will be the first in-depth book examining how Australia’s political sector is mismanaging technology policy.
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The Frustrated State

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    You bought me a beer!

    Thanks for helping to fund my book. You have contributed to technology policy development in Australia and have my gratitude. You'll also receive Kickstarter campaign updates.

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    The eBook copy!

    Thanks for chipping in to help fund my book. You will be emailed links to download copies of the book in a variety of DRM-free formats as soon as it's published. We'll be supporting .mobi, .epub and .pdf formats, meaning you'll be able to read The Frustrated State on whatever platform you wish.

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    The print copy!

    Thanks for chipping a bit more to help fund my book. You'll be able to cart it around with you in the most convenient physical copy. I recommend you conspicuously read it in trendy urban cafes while drinking soy lattes for the best experience.

    I'll also send you links to the eBook versions.

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    Bonus content!

    Not only will I send you eBook and physical copies of the book, backers at this tier will also get exclusive access to a bunch of bonus content that will be limited to backers of this tier and above. This will include a 'Making Of' pack with lots of insider photos and background info about the development of the book, audio interviews with high-profile Australian technology figures, and an extra, separate essay looking at my predictions for how the Australian technology scene will change in a policy sense over the short to mid-term.

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    Help shape the book!

    If the Kickstarter is successful, I will contact backers who contribute $75 or more, with a detailed plan for how The Frustrated State will be developed. I will include a chapter listing, including a projected overview of each chapter, details of individuals who I plan to interview on the record, and as much more detail as I can.

    I will then ask for your feedback. Who do you think I should interview? How should the book be structured? What issues and situations should be examined? What line should I take in each chapter? How should each chapter be structured? You'll get the chance to comment on all of this.

    Halfway through the book's creation, I will update this document with the current state of the book and conduct this exercise once again -- thus, you'll get a second chance to help structure the book as it's being developed.

    Plus, I'll thank you personally on Delimiter and in a special page of the book for contributors who have done a lot to help get this book published.

    And I'll also send you print and eBook editions of the book once it's published.

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    Influence my writing!

    If the Kickstarter is successful, I will set up a private Internet forum open only to backers who contribute $100 or more. Every time I finish a chapter (about once or more per month), I'll publish it in full in this private forum for peer review.

    Backers will then have a week to discuss and critique that chapter, engaging with each other to analyse my writing in detail in community fashion. I will take that feedback into account when finalising the chapter.

    Backers at this level and above will get my detailed attention. I want to know how you see this book shaping up in detail. You will be my inner council of wise voices, and you'll get the closest levels of exclusive access.

    Plus, I'll also send you print and eBook editions of the book once it's published, and you'll get all the rewards of the $75 tier.

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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About US$ 143

    Let's talk!

    I know a lot of people have burning issues about technology policy that they'd like to get off their chests, and also a lot of people have questions they'd like to ask me personally about a range of issues. Some people may like to make me aware of points or issues that I haven't investigated.

    So I'll commit to having an extended 45 minute telephone discussion with anyone who backs The Frustrated State at this level or above. It'll probably go longer, because I love talking about this stuff ;) This will give you the chance to influence the book, mine my brain and have a detailed chinwag with someone who cares about this stuff deeply.

    Plus, you'll get all the rewards of the $100 tier and below.

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    I'll tell your story!

    A lot of Australians care about technology policy not because it's an abstract concept, but because poor outcomes in this area have affected them or their organisation at a very personal level.

    It might be the crappy broadband to your house which drops out when it rains, it might be how you lost your job after funding was cut to the video game development industry, or it might be how your organisation has been sharply disadvantaged by poor technology policy choices by politicians.

    Let's have a phone conversation, and (subject to my editorial discretion) I'll commit to writing a 1,000 word article to be published on Delimiter and distributed to all readers through a special additional small booklet with both print and eBook copies of The Frustrated State.

    Your problems and your message will get out there through these high-profile platforms, which will be read by very influential people.

    Plus, you'll get all the rewards of the $200 tier and below, and I'll throw in an extra physical copy of the book.

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    I'll present to your organisation!

    I'll reward backers at this tier by committing to a lengthy presentation to their organisation via Skype or FaceTime. I'll give a presentation on how terrible Australian technology policy is and how it can be fixed, and take questions from the audience for as long as they have them. I'll give insight and context to the situation and leave the audience much better informed than when we started.

    It may be possible to do this in person for some organisations, upon arrangement.

    Plus, you'll get all the rewards of the $350 tier and below, and I'll throw in three extra physical copies of the book.

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    Pledge AU$ 950 or more About US$ 678

    I'll physically present to your conference!

    Wow. If you back The Frustrated State at this level, then you really care deeply about technology policy in Australia. You have my deepest thanks, and the thanks of all who are frustrated by ongoing Government mismanagement of this area.

    Backers at this level will get all of the previous rewards, plus I'll throw in an extra half-dozen physical copies of the book for distribution as you see fit. In addition, (subject to helping me out with travel costs -- which we'll negotiate), I'll commit to coming to your conference or organisation in person, presenting in detail on this topic, taking questions from the audience for as long as they have them, and then spending a chunk of time meeting with other conference attendees and representatives of your organisation to discuss these issues.

    Backers at this level will be the premiere gold class of this production. You can be assured that I will pay a great deal of attention to you and take your input into the book very seriously. I will do what I can to help you out -- as you have really helped me out in publishing this important book.

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