Ellie RennieDERC Co-Director, Member of Technology, Communication and Policy Lab
Associate Professor Ellie Rennie is Co-Director of RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre and a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media & Communication. She is also a member of RMIT’s Blockchain Innovation Hub.
Ellie’s current research is focused on social and policy questions arising from automation technologies, including blockchain. She has worked extensively on the topic of digital inclusion, particularly in relation to remote Australia and Indigenous communities. In addition, she maintains a strong research interest in civil society and media policy, including community media.
From 2020 she will be an ARC Future Fellow, working on a project called ‘Cooperation through code’. The project aims to show the social consequences of using distributed ledger technology for compliance, registries and regulatory processes. The project expects to generate new knowledge of how technology is changing administrative coordination between government and non-government entities.
Recent projects include: Chief Investigator of the ARC Linkage project the Dynamics of Digital Inclusion, working with industry partner One Education (2016-2019), Cyber Safety in Remote Aboriginal Communities (funded by Telstra), Disconnect podcast (funded by Telstra). Her book publications include: Using Media for Social Innovation (Intellect, with Aneta Podkalicka, 2018). Internet on the Outstation: The digital divide and remote Aboriginal communities (multi-authored with industry partners, Institute for Network Cultures, 2016), Life of SYN: A Story of the Digital Generation (Monash University Press, 2011); Community Media: A Global Introduction (Rowan & Littlefield, 2006).
Ellie is on the boards of the Community Broadcasting Foundation and Web3Australia. She is also on the advisory committee of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education.
Ellie Rennie’s full list of academic publications can be found via Google Scholar.
Additional research reports are located on the Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) website.

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