[csaa-forum] Digital Inclusion Index/Julian Thomas/USYD Fri 16/9, 2pm

Gerard Goggin gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au
Tue Sep 13 10:13:39 ACST 2016

Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2014-2016
Seminar by Professor Julian Thomas (Swinburne)

Friday 16 Sept 2-4pm
University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus
Location: MECO Seminar Room S226, Level 2, John Woolley Building (A20)
RVSP at Eventbite<https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/measuring-the-digital-divide-the-australian-digital-inclusion-index-2014-2016-tickets-27587543084>.

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About the seminar:
In this presentation, Professor Julian Thomas (Swinburne University of Technology) will discuss The Australian Digital Inclusion Index, a measurement tool that addresses the need for informed public policy and projects to enhance digital inclusion in Australia. As the Internet becomes increasingly central to everyday life, the social and economic consequences of digital exclusion also increase. However, the challenge of the “narrowing but deepening” digital divide presents immediate problems for both researchers and policy makers. Although substantial progress has been made on understanding digital exclusion at national and community levels in Australia, the absence of a sufficiently granular, longitudinal dataset has been a continuing limitation across all disciplines. And without comparable measures of the digital divide, the benefits of interventions are often poorly understood. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index is an ongoing, collaborative project which aims to address these issues. This talk outlines the Index’s objectives, design, main national and NSW findings, as well as possible uses in research, policy and practice.

The report is available at this link<http://digitalinclusionindex.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Australian-Digital-Inclusion-Index-2016.pdf>; and more information on the Australian Digital Inclusion Index project at this link.<http://digitalinclusionindex.org.au/>

About the speaker:
Professor Julian Thomas is Director of Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. His recent publications include The Informal Media Economy (2015) and Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (2016).

For information or queries, contact Dr Dr Penny O'Donnell, Media at Sydney Co-ordinator: MECO.research at sydney.edu.au

Gerard Goggin
ARC Future Fellow
Professor of Media and Communications
Department of Media and Communications
University of Sydney

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