Technology--Social aspects

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Working paper

15 Apr 2017

We estimate the impact of ultra-fast broadband on schools’ academic performance using a difference-in-difference study of a new fibre broadband network. We show that fibre broadband increases primary schools’ passing rates in standardised assessments by roughly one percentage point. Estimates are robust to alternative specifications,...

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...


1 Feb 2017

Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia. Japan, in particular, is a “super-ageing” society, with a population getting older faster than anywhere else in the world due to long life expectancy and low birth rates.



14 Dec 2016

Many trends on the horizon offer opportunities that could transform our cities. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy through to cloud computing and blockchain technologies, each of these trends is quite significant on its own. But the convergence of their disruptive forces is what...

Research report

3 Mar 2016

This inquiry was established to consider the adequacy of remedies to serious invasions of privacy amidst increasing community concern about the use of technology, including social media and surveillance technology, in ways which intrude upon and negatively impact people’s day-to-day lives. Of particular concern in...

Blog post

4 Jan 2016

Guest contributor Anne Collier discusses youth and digital citizenship, and shares ten key insights for parents.

Video lecture/presentation

Video podcast

22 Dec 2015

From how the Internet of Things will connect your life, the life coach you will have in your pocket, to drones delivering your mail and an improved family reunion experience – there is no doubt that emerging technologies will continue to change how we live,...


5 Jun 2015

Shared public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries is often hailed as an effective, low-cost way to share the benefits of digital technology. Yet research on the economic and social effects of public access to computers is lacking. This volume offers the...

Conference paper

23 Oct 2013

This paper explores the contexts and motivations that underpin the uptake of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). The findings are drawn from a mixed-methods research study of households using surveys and interviews conducted in 2011 and 2012 in an early release site of the NBN...

Research report

26 Sep 2011

Taking into account Australia's existing privacy laws, this paper asks whether a new statutory cause of action for privacy should be introduced and what elements a statutory cause of action might include.

Community concern about the right to and protection of privacy is growing...

Research report

29 Aug 2011

This report looks at the ways various sectors of government service delivery, economic and regional development and social and community activity can be enhanced and expanded as a result of the fibre-to-the premises infrastructure of the National Broadband Network.

The report is...

Research report

23 Jul 2010

This paper develops a new index of human capital that measures cognitive skills employed by the adult population in seventy nations during 1970-2003. The index is compared to existing measures of human capital in the Benhabib and Spiegel (2005) model. Analysis goes beyond...

Conference paper

16 Dec 2009

Family homes are equipped with multiple television sets, personal computers, digital music players, mobile telephones, fax machines, DVD players and electronic game consoles, the home is now a communication hub, enabling family members to perform numerous activities in a variety of times and spaces. As...

Research report

15 Feb 2009

This report on Second Life is structured in five parts. Part 1 gives a short outline of what Second Life is. Part 2 details current and potential use of Second Life in pedagogy. Part 3 addresses Second Life in relation to research and creative practice....

Journal article

3 Oct 2006

This paper conceptualizes mobile phones as beyond two-way voice communication technologies, envisioning the mobile device as a social collective medium instead of a private personal technology. It addresses three central research questions: (1) What are the characteristics of mobile phones that differentiates them from traditional...

Working paper

URP Working Paper No. 52
15 Mar 1996

New forms of information and communication technology are linking the household to an increasingly complex public realm of formal and informal, spatial and non-spatial relationships.