At home on the outstation : barriers to home Internet in remote Indigenous communities

Rennie, Ellie, Crouch, Andrew, Wright, Alyson, & Thomas, Julian (2013) At home on the outstation : barriers to home Internet in remote Indigenous communities. Telecommunications Policy, 37(6-7), pp. 583-593.

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Abstract

Indigenous Australians living in remote areas have little access to the Internet and make little use of it. This article investigates the various dimensions of Internet take-up in remote Indigenous communities in Australia and considers the implications for broadband policy. It focuses specifically on the circumstances and experiences of three remote Indigenous communities in central Australia. Residents in these communities provided significant insight into the social, economic and cultural aspects of communications access and use. This evidence is used to examine the drivers and barriers to home Internet for remote Indigenous communities and to discuss a complex set of issues, including: the dynamics of remote living, economic priorities, cultural engagement with technology, and the characteristics of domestic life in remote Indigenous communities.

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ID Code: 70875
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This research was supported by a Grant from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
Keywords: Indigenous Australia, Remote Indigenous communities, Broadband policy, Internet take-up
DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2012.07.007
ISSN: 0308-5961
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Funding:
  • ACCAN/
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Telecommunications Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Telecommunications Policy, [VOL 37, ISSUE 6-7, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2012.07.007
Deposited On: 02 May 2014 01:03
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 23:57

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