The majority of the Aboriginal population in Victoria is aged 25 and under and among the highest users of mobile phones: actively engaging in social media and using digital technologies, especially mobile devices and the internet, to produce and tell their stories in ways determined by them.
In 2013-2014, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) provided funding for a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Melbourne to collaborate with young Aboriginal participants (aged between 15 and 26) and their mentors from the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) at Richmond Football Club, Victoria. This collaboration led to the development and design of a prototype digital storytelling mobile application to be used by Aboriginal young people: the What's ya Story app (the WYS app).
The project worked with Aboriginal young people aged between 15 and 26 years of age from the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI). This is described in more detail later in this report. The majority of the Aboriginal population in Victoria is aged 25 and under; they are among the highest users of mobile phones, actively engaging in social media and other online platforms (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) 2010). With the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, Aboriginal youth throughout Australia are increasingly using digital technologies, especially mobile devices and the internet, to produce and tell their stories in ways determined by them (Kral 2010, Edmonds, Rachinger et al. 2012). Currently, the What's ya Story app prototype (the WYS app) developed through this project provides a base for ongoing research concerning the uptake and management of digital technology by Aboriginal young people. The app project forms part of the larger Australian Research Council Linkage Project "Create your story: Aboriginal young people in Victoria and Digital Storytelling" (2013-2016).
Report authors: Fran Edmonds, Christel Rachinger, Gursharan Singh, Richard Chenhall, Michael Arnold, Poppy de Souza and Susan Lowish.