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Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess is Director of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) and Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Creative Industries Faculty. She is an expert in digital media, with a focus on the everyday uses and politics of social and mobile media platforms, as well as new digital methods for studying them. She was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship for the ARC Discovery Project ‘New Media and Public Communication‘ (2010-2013) and is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage Projects ‘Digital Storytelling and Co-Creative Media’ (2011-2014) and ‘Social Media in Times of Crisis’ (2012-2015).  Her books are YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2009), Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Twitter and Society (Peter Lang, 2014). Over the past decade she has worked with a large number of government, industry and community-based organisations, helping them address the practical opportunities and challenges of social and participatory media. She collaborates widely with international research partners in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, the UK, Canada, the USA, and Taiwan, and in 2013 she spent four months as a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research New England’s Social Media Collective.
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Australian consumer access to digital content

This report examines the major differences between digital media markets in Australia and the US. The researchers created a list of the most popular media titles over the last five years and checked their availability and price with Australian and American digital content providers over...
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Evaluating the impact of the First 5 Forever initiative

The aim of this report is to identify and evaluate the broader societal impacts of the initiative, building on the existing Libraries as Creative Spaces framework.
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Data cultures of mobile dating and hook-up apps: emerging issues for critical social science research

The ethical and social implications of data mining, algorithmic curation and automation in the context of social media have been of heightened concern for a range of researchers with interests in digital media in recent years, with particular concerns about privacy arising in the context...
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Measuring Queensland’s digital divide

The unique features of Queensland create particular challenges and opportunities for digital inclusion. With the potential of technology to deliver better health, education, social and economic outcomes, it has never been more important that no one gets left behind.
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Support frameworks for the use of social media by emergency management organisations

This policy report suggests a more effectively coordinated approach to leverage social media use, involving stronger networking between social media staff within emergency management organisations.