The Diffusion of New Technologies: Community Online Access Centres in Indigenous Communities in Australia

The Diffusion of New Technologies: Community Online Access Centres in Indigenous Communities in Australia

Anne Daly (University of Canberra, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-939-7.ch137
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Abstract

This chapter presents data from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing to highlight the low levels of computer and Internet usage by indigenous Australians. This result is not surprising, given the well-documented connection between education, income, location of residence and use of these technologies. One possible way of addressing the digital divide between capital city dwellers and other Australians is through the development of community online access centres. Using evidence from the literature and from fieldwork in New South Wales, the chapter considers some factors that are likely to make these centres more successful. These include a strong commitment by the community to the development of a centre and a close integration of the centre with community activities. It is important that significant funds be budgeted to training for all involved including centre staff and community members.

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