Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and digital inclusion: what is the evidence and where is it?

Rennie, E, Thomas, J and Wilson, C 2019, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and digital inclusion: what is the evidence and where is it?', Communication Research and Practice, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 105-120.


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Title Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and digital inclusion: what is the evidence and where is it?
Author(s) Rennie, E
Thomas, J
Wilson, C
Year 2019
Journal name Communication Research and Practice
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 105
End page 120
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract Quantitative research on digital inclusion has grappled with significant gaps in data with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We compare the survey methods and questions of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) data, the Nationa Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) and the Census of Population and Housing to identify these gaps. While the ADII is the most comprehensive examination of digital inclusion, encompassing access, affordability, and digital ability measures, the general ADII dataset excludes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas. In addition, we draw together findings from qualitative research on digital inclusion within particularAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to demonstrate why digital choices-including the preference for mobile devices-are important for understanding statistical trends.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) Digital inclusion
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Mobile-only internet use
Research methods
Internet infrastructures
DOI - identifier 10.1080/22041451.2019.1601148
Copyright notice © 2019 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
ISSN 2204-1451
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