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.


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Digital Inclusion

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...

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...

Audio interview

3 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...

Research report

3 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 nationwide access...

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 reveals that...

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...

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 connected...

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.

Despite its popularity, we...

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-term, aggregate time series infrastructure...

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...

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 proximity to schools...

Commentary

Article

7 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 Economics...

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 feasible...

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 the first...

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, civic and political...

Annual Report

17 Nov 2016

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) finds itself in a telecommunications landscape that is going through significant change, with new converging technologies and the roll out of major infrastructure. Investments in mobile infrastructure have greatly reduced the number of complaints about mobile services. At the same...

Book

14 Nov 2016

Overview

As the global ‘data revolution’ accelerates, how can the data rights and interests of Indigenous peoples be secured? Premised on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, this book argues that Indigenous peoples have inherent and inalienable rights relating...

Research report

3 Nov 2016

In this study over 500 Centrelink recipients were surveyed to identify the importance of telecommunications and assess the issues associated with cost. A series of focus groups were also conducted. The research assessed the extent of the communications poverty premium for low-income consumers, including the...

Research report

1 Nov 2016

This roadmap highlights, in an accessible way, some existing and emerging digital technologies and their potential to create deeper and authentic learning opportunities in school and post-school education. Like all useful roadmaps, this report does two things. Firstly, it charts some broad directions in the...

Discussion paper

31 Oct 2016

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative established in 2011 that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Membership requires governments to work with civil society to ‘co-create’ a National...