Digital inclusion and participation – keyword series
Each quarter, the DMRC’s Digital Inclusion and Participation program runs a seminar that involves and engages scholars and practitioners from within and external to QUT, including from inter-state and overseas. For each event we select a key word to inspire discussion and debate.
The inaugural seminar is Thursday 22 October from 10.00 to 11.30am (AEST) and will focus on the keyword ‘isolation’.
The intent is to evoke thought and discourse about digital inclusion challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused and exacerbated isolation in many forms (digital, social, economic, physical) in Australia and around the world. More broadly, considering the key word asks us to reflect on how digital technologies and activities isolate (or unite) us in everyday life.
The first key word event will be a 90 minute seminar comprising of three speakers: one academic, a higher research degree student, and a practitioner. Each panel member will speak for 15 minutes about a related topic/project/reflection of their choice, and then this will be followed by 30 mins of Q&A from the audience. This first event will be hosted on Zoom, which presents a fantastic opportunity to invite a diverse audience.
The forum with be hosted by A/Prof Michael Dezuanni and Dr Amber Marshall.
About the DMRC’s Digital inclusion and participation program
Working in partnership with industry, government and community organisations, this program uses innovative digital ethnographic and co-design methods to understand, intervene, and advocate for digital access and literacy as vital elements of social inclusion. We help equip citizens and consumers with the knowledge and skills to confidently, effectively and ethically navigate the increasingly complex digital media environment; and we deliver actionable new knowledge of the structural conditions and circumstances that impact on equitable and safe participation in the digital society.