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"Remotely connected, remotely creative" Isea2011 by Tracey Benson


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Presentation titled "Remotely connected: Remotely creative" shown at ISEA2011, Istanbul.

This paper is a scoping paper of a project I am currently working, that explores the take up of mobile technologies in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

'Remote connections' is a project that explores a number of existing initiatives and research as a starting point to develop a collaborative skill sharing project with remote communities.

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"Remotely connected, remotely creative" Isea2011 by Tracey Benson

  1. 1. Remotely connected,remotely creative:Leapfrogging thedigital divideTracey BensonAdjunct Postdoctoral FellowThe Australian National UniversitySchool of
  2. 2. AbstractWhat does locative media from remoteAustralian Indigenous communities look like?How does access to 3G mobile phones impactcommunications? What media is beingcreated on these devices?This paper discusses some of the strategiesand technologies being used in remoteAustralia to leapfrog the digital divide; scopingthe potential to introduce tools that encouragecreative development and collaborativecultural engagement focused on skills sharing.
  3. 3. Background  Interest in accessible and usable web design for flexible delivery  Massive takeup of 3G phones in remote Indigenous communities  Volunteering for Indigenous Community Volunteers
  4. 4. Identifying a potential need  The National Broadband Network is user pays and will not be available in many areas  People are already leapfrogging the digital divide in areas where there is 3G access  Increased access to online communities via mobiles facilitate a range of benefits – preserving culture, increasing literacy, communicating with family
  5. 5. Some facts and figures
  6. 6. Cultural need for appropriateengagement  The benefits of working collaboratively  Projects driven by community need and owned by the community  Why is it so important?
  7. 7. Relevant research  Massive takeup of 3G phones in remote Indigenous communities even where there is no coverage  One study reported that in three communities where there was no mobile network access that an average of 60% of residents owned a mobile phone
  8. 8. A mobile revolution
  9. 9. Indigenous ownedmedia production
  10. 10. About RIPIA: Remote Indigenous Public Internet AccessIn 2010 the Projectwas delivered to 19Indigenouscommunities. In2011 the Projectwill be delivered to40 Indigenouscommunitiesincluding the 19communities from2010.
  11. 11. NT Library Wiki
  12. 12. AcknowledementsCommunity software
  13. 13. Social Media
  14. 14. Next Steps  Focusing on collaboration with people in remote communities to co-create tools for sharing culture and promoting community projects  Working closely with RIPIA communities  Monitoring implementation of 3G and satellite broadband networks
  15. 15. This diagram is a greatrepresentation of theresearch process sofar – except I haventquite made it to theend yet!!
  16. 16. AcknowledgementsThanks to Martin Drury, Bronwyn Pollock, Andrew,Taylor, Nicholas Kirlew, Jim Best, Metta Young, SusanSchuller, Julie Hodgkinson, Aaron Corn, CatherineWohlan, Clare Maclean, Inge Kral, Fiona Sivyer, andLiam Campbell