Mobile phone use in Australian Indigenous communities : future pathways for HC14D

Shaw, Grace, Brereton, Margot, & Roe, Paul (2014) Mobile phone use in Australian Indigenous communities : future pathways for HC14D. In Robertson, Toni, O'Hara, Kenton, Wadley, Greg, Loke, Lian, & Leong, Tuck (Eds.) Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures : the Future of Design, ACM, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, pp. 480-483.

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This paper collates recent research on mobile phone use in Indigenous communities in Australia. Its key finding is that mobile phones are heavily used in these communities, albeit in unique and unusual ways that may be difficult to comprehend beneath 'top-down' measurements. Rather than framing these uses as being compromises made in lieu of appropriate infrastructures or literacies, it is argued that HCI4D (Human-Computer Interaction for Development) would be better served by seriously plumbing into the information they reveal about how mobile phones are constructed and placed in these communities, and what these factors might reveal about local understandings of development and well-being. A consideration of these specific patterns of appropriation is necessary to push the field beyond top-down, rationalist approaches to development towards more flexible, creative solutions that build from local knowledge and competencies.

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ID Code: 82415
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HC14D, Critical HC14D, Indigenous, Mobile phones, Indigenous Design
DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686688
ISBN: 9781450306539
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ACM
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2015 22:51
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 00:40

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