Digital Inclusion

Containing resources about digital inclusion and digital engagement of particular relevance to Australia, this collection is auspiced by: the Australian Digital Inclusion Index, NT Remote Aboriginal Cyber Safety project and the Dynamics of Digital Inclusion project, and supported by Telstra, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Centre for Social Impact, One Education, the University of Wollongong and the University of Sydney.

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Digital Inclusion

Report

27 Jun 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Human Services’ implementation of myGov as at November 2016. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the following high level audit criteria...

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Journal article

27 Mar 2017

Abstract

In the fifth decade of the internet, accessibility for all, especially those with disabilities, is central to digital inclusion. Yet internationally, the score card on internet and accessibility remains mixed, at best; and woefully inadequate, at worst. Via an...

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Research report

27 Mar 2017

In mid-2013, Swinburne University of Technology set out to increase Indigenous participation in higher education using online learning platforms and new methods of student support. More than 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participated in the ...

Research report

27 Feb 2017

This report presents findings from an analysis of the scale and scope of the sharing economy in Melbourne. The central aim of this report is to outline the breadth of the sharing economy in Melbourne, and to identify future directions for further investigation. The new services that form the...

Research report

20 Feb 2017

The 2017 edition of A4AI’s annual Affordability Report, released 20 February 2017, examines the state of policy progress toward affordable internet across 58 low and middle-income countries. The report finds that, despite having pledged to achieve affordable, universal internet access,...

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Research report

15 Feb 2017

Due to increases in life expectancy we are now facing what could be the longest ever retirement period in history. With this welcome trend comes new challenges, such as the need to meet increased demand for health and aged care services at a time when the ratio of working aged people to retired...

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Blog post

10 Feb 2017

“This is for everyone.”

This simple message is what Sir Tim Berners-Lee — the inventor of the web, and founding director of the Web Foundation — shared with 900 million people during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. It reflects the web’s past —...

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Audio interview

03 Feb 2017

The NBN company's chief executive, Bill Morrow, says the $49 billion project is rolling out on time and on budget, despite having to secure a special loan from the Federal Government late last year.

The $19.5 billion top-up is in addition to the Government's previously announced $29...

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Research report

03 Feb 2017

Australia is set to be the world’s most connected continent following the completion of the NBN rollout in 2020, according to new research released today.

Developed by Western Sydney University, this report provides an in-depth analysis into how advancements in technology and...

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Research report

25 Jan 2017

In 2016 the first Australian Digital Inclusion Index was released, recognising the enormous role access to and engagement with digital technology and the internet plays in facilitating the economic and social inclusion of Australians in economic, social, cultural and civic life. The index...

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Research report

17 Jan 2017

This content analysis of smart home control marketing materials indicates that the promoted benefits of these devices are not strongly aligned with energy policy objectives. Only one of 11 themes identified relates to energy and cost savings. Further, load shifting was not mentioned or promoted...

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Research report

10 Jan 2017

New technologies have changed the types of data that are routinely collected about citizens on a daily basis. For example, smart devices collect location and communication data, and fitness trackers and medical devices capture physiological and other data. As technology changes, new portable and...

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Research report

21 Dec 2016

Public wi-fi is becoming a key part of Australia’s communication system. However, the convenience and accessibility that make public wi-fi so popular also make it vulnerable to malevolent or illegal activities, particularly targeted at intercepting sensitive or valuable personal information....

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Statistics

15 Dec 2016

The aim of the Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook is to provide a single, comprehensive annual source of infrastructure statistics for use by policymakers, industry leaders, transport analysts and the wider Australian community.

The publication is primarily a source of long-...

Research report

14 Dec 2016

The Australian Government has committed to provide $29.5 billion in equity funding to NBN Co Limited (NBN Co) for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) by 2020.  The Government also recently agreed to provide NBN Co with a loan of $19.5 billion to complete the NBN rollout at an...

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Working paper

13 Dec 2016

UFB alone
is not the path to success.
Organise, you must.

We estimate whether there are productivity gains from ultrafast broadband (UFB) adoption and whether any gains are higher when firms undertake complementary organisational investments. Using an IV strategy based on...

Commentary

Article

07 Dec 2016

Internet and broadband connectivity are the foundation of the networked economy. But to ensure the benefits of the networked economy are evenly distributed, the Australian government needs to ensure access to the internet to encourage and support innovation.

A recent report from SGS...

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Literature review

30 Nov 2016

This Sax Institute Evidence Check review examined evidence of the effectiveness of using public libraries as settings for health promotion and health education programs.

Although very few such programs have been evaluated and reported in the literature, there is evidence that it is...

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Research report

21 Nov 2016

In September 2015, the Swinburne Institute for Social Research commenced a two-year research project on safety and wellbeing as it relates to communication technologies, in remote Aboriginal communities and towns in the Northern Territory (NT). This report provides an overview of findings from...

Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2016

The extraordinary growth of the mobile internet carries the promise of a more inclusive digital economy, accessible to everyone with a cheap smartphone. A low-cost, mobile internet could reconfigure the provision of health and education, open new economic opportunities, and expand cultural,...

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