Digital Inclusion, Mobility, and Activism

The research program examines the challenges and potentials of digital participation as this relates to access and inclusion, connectivity, networks and political activism, gig or micro work, and mobility and migration. 

Possible research methods include analyses of existing data sets, digital ethnography, critical pedagogical experiments, arts-based interventions, and working with communities to understand how digital technologies are mobilised for various political and personal purposes. 

Research seeks to explain patterns and practices that have built up around digital communities or activist practices, and to explore the outcomes and implications of disconnections and misalignments between technology design, everyday use, policies and norms. 

Possible areas of investigation include experimenting with groups to adapt or hack common digital tools to preserve cultural memory; building localized rather than universal interpretations of critical data literacy; bringing together policymakers and community members to make so-called smart technology designs more usable and relevant; the politics of tech communities; the outcomes of internet use for different groups; locative technologies and place.

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2001/2002
3/5/10/16

Projects

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Image credit: Mark Thompson, Unsplash

C19 x ARTS x DIGITAL LABOUR

A pilot study on the mental health impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on arts and creative sector workers in Victoria, Australia.

Digital China: from Cultural Presence to Innovative Nation

This project investigates how digital platforms and technologies are enabling Chinese culture and ideas to reach the world.

Mobile Media and the Urban Night: Embodiment, Mobile Devices and Darkness

This project explores the way mobile devices and networked connectivity are embedded in the routinized night-time practices and situational awareness of urban pedestrians.

Preventing Image-Based Cybercrime in Australia: The Role of Bystanders

This project gathers empirical data about Australians’ understandings of image-based sexual abuse, image-based sexual abuse laws and the role of bystanders in responding to this growing problem.

Alternative and Confidential Reporting Options for Sexual Assault: An Exploration of their Purpose, Use and Potential in Australia

The project will generate new knowledge about anonymous reporting options, which will contribute to better justice outcomes.

Revenge Pornography: The Implications for Law Reform project

The project empirically examines the prevalence, nature and impacts of image-based sexual abuse experienced by adults.

Talking Country

Working directly with traditional custodians, elders and young people, stories are recorded and layered over country allowing for deeply personal, immersive and experiential engagements with place.

Photo by Pascal Bernardon on Unsplash

Cooperation through Code: The social outcomes of distributed ledger technologies

The research aims to provide empirical evidence of the outcomes of governance administered through decentralised platforms.

photo by Kārlis Dambrāns

Australian Television in the Smart TV Ecosystem

This project investigates the cultural impacts of smart TVs in Australia. A majority of Australian adults now use an internet-connected (smart) TV set or streaming device.

Internet-Distributed Television: Industrial, Cultural and Policy Dynamics

This ARC Discovery Project (2019-2021) investigates the impact of global subscription video-on-demand services on national television markets.