Digital Inclusion 4

Digital Inclusion in the Bush – exploring best practice models to facilitate accelerated digital inclusion across rural and remote Australia.

The release of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index in 2016 provides a clear insight into the the demographics of those most in need of digital inclusion interventions, and will enable the development of collaborative and targeted approaches to digital empowerment in regional, rural and remote areas. This stream will look specifically at the challenges and barriers to creating a fully digitally enabled Australia, and explore the best practice models that are proving successful.

Session Chair: ACCAN, Jeremy Riddle – Broadband for the Bush Committee

Mini Menu: Featured Speaker, Keynotes and main speakers, ProgramDelegates – accommodation info, Registration

Speakers Friday 11.00-12.00

Formation and establishment of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance

David Spriggs, Infoxchange

David has over 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. Before joining Infoxchange in 2009, he worked for Kronos Incorporated where he led business partner operations across Asia Pacific and Europe.

Infoxchange leads the newly established Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance. This was established in early 2017 with a shared purpose to work together to ensure that everyone in Australia is included in our digital future. Partners in the ADIA currently include over 50 corporate, community and government organisations from across Australia. The ADIA grew out of The Go Digi 2016 National Year of Digital Inclusion aimed to help people to realise their online potential, raise awareness of digital inclusion at all levels of society and celebrate the benefits of digital literacy and digital inclusion through events across Australia. As part of this important year Infoxchange consulted broadly with community, government and corporate Australia to identify key goals for a Digital Inclusion Manifesto. That growing and seemingly common agenda of solving digital inclusion in Australia helped create the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance. In this session, you’ll hear how the Alliance aims to work together and develop a set of clear actions to build a digitally inclusive Australia.

Julian Thomas

Digital Inclusion Index – the next iteration

Julian Thomas, Director, Social Change Research Platform, RMIT University

Julian’s Presentation

Julian Thomas is Director of the Social Change research platform, and Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT in Melbourne. He works on new communications technologies and public policy. Recent publications include Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

As the Internet becomes increasingly central to everyday life, the social and economic consequences of digital exclusion also increase. 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 is a continuing problem. This talk updates the Broadband for the Bush Alliance on key findings to date, and future work.



Setting up a digital mentors’ network in Australia

Cecily Michaels, Chief Executive Officer. Leap NGO

Cecily’s presentation

Cecily Michaels is the Chief Executive Officer of Leep, a group creating inclusive communities through communityNet, digital inclusion and volunteer solutions. Cecily has almost 30 years of experience working with disadvantaged communities.

For nearly 20 years she was an aid worker in the Middle East and South East Asia before turning her focus to the community sector in NSW. In an increasingly digital world, Cecily is an enthusiastic advocate for ensuring everyone has the skills and access to be online.

Using her research in the UK and her experience of setting up digital mentor networks in urban settings, Cecily will share perspectives to build a national network of digital mentors, including the consideration of the challenges in rural and remote settings.


Digital Inclusion – Cape York efforts

Leigh Harris, ingeous studios, Cairns, QLD

Leigh is the creator of a Cairns based design studio producing product in cooperation with Indigenous community groups. He is a strong mentor for many indigenous photographers, designers and graphic artists and a technology consultant to projects throughout North Queensland’s Indigenous communities. Leigh provides publishing platforms and design solutions for mobile platforms and social media.