DMRC digital methods
DMRC special event
Keyword series – Forum #2 – ‘Empowerment’ 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
Keyword series – Forum #2 – ‘Empowerment’
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.
Our second forum will be on Wednesday 28 April from 10.00 to 11.30am (AEST) and will focus on the keyword ‘empowerment’. The intent is to evoke thought and discourse about how digital inclusion potentially promotes agency and autonomy for individuals and, conversely, how lack of digital access or skills can lead to disadvantage and detriment.
The key word event will be a 90-minute Zoom seminar comprising of three speakers: one academic, a higher research degree student, and a practitioner. Each panel member will speak for 15 minutes addressing the theme of ‘empowerment’ in relation to their field of work or research. This will be followed by 30 mins of Q&A from the audience.
The forum with be hosted by Prof Michael Dezuanni and Dr Amber Marshall.
Topic introduction: Digital inclusion and empowerment
Empowerment: the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties (Meriam-Webster.com)
Digital inclusion – comprised of reliable, affordable access to digital technologies and connections, and the digital skills to use them – gives agency to individuals to pursue aspirations in work and life through digital participation. For example, digital inclusion potentially empowers people to access to online education, telehealth, digital social connections, and government services online, all of which are becoming critical for healthy and happy communities. Moreover, research shows that digitally connected communities are more liveable, innovative, and sustainable than those with poor levels of digital inclusion.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that many people and communities are disempowered by deficiencies in digital access and capability. Without adequate digital devices, connections, and skills many people cannot educate their children, find critical health information, or obtain the financial or other assistance they need. At a time when feelings of powerlessness are commonplace, digitally excluded populations are further disempowered to help themselves and their families.
While generally a positive term, the concept of empowerment has also drawn criticism from scholars. Lina Weidenstendt (2016, p. 1) writes about the ‘paradox of empowerment’:
The aim of empowerment is to improve people’s lives by transferring power resources. Transferring power may entail structural changes, for instance in terms of education and employment opportunities, health care, or housing … Although researchers agree that empowerment is opposed to powerlessness,
it is well known in respective fields that empowerment efforts often lead to an empoweree feeling indignation and resentment rather than empowerment.
Reference: Weidenstedt, L. (2016). Empowerment gone bad: Communicative consequences of power transfers. Socius, 2, p1-11.
We will hear three diverse interpretations of the theme ‘digital inclusion and empowerment’.
|Dr Bridget Harris is an interdisciplinary early career researcher in QUT’s Law Lab researching intimate partner/ domestic family and sexual violence; technology-facilitated violence, advocacy and justice administration; access to justice; and legal advocacy. Bridget is a DECRA recipient and has advised police and legal bodies on technology-facilitated crime.|
|Cecily Michaels is Chief Executive Officer of Leep, an NGO based in Western Sydney which delivers digital mentoring programs across Australia. Through Leep, Cecily aims to ensure people experiencing disadvantage have the skills to get online confidently and safely, thereby reaping the economic and social benefits that technology offer.|
|Christel Antonites is a PhD Candidate in the DMRC researching the gender digital divide in South Africa. Having recently completed her final seminar, Christel’s work employed a feminist lens to critique digital inclusion policy and programs, finding that there is a disconnect between South African government initiatives and women’s lived experience of digital inclusion.|
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.
(Wednesday) 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In this workshop, Prof Michael Dezuanni will address the challenges and opportunities of conducting research with children and young people. This will include a consideration of ethical research practices and
In this workshop, Prof Michael Dezuanni will address the challenges and opportunities of conducting research with children and young people. This will include a consideration of ethical research practices and working in home and school environments.
Location: KG Campus (room provided on registration)
Zoom: https://qut.zoom.us/j/87567236503?pwd=QXJ0RXFrY0FNeGM2NURFOGxVL29RQT09 Password: 759500
(Tuesday) 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
To be provided on registration
Our lives are now so saturated with information and media that the ability to use media effectively is a pre-requisite for full participation in society. Media literacy
Our lives are now so saturated with information and media that the ability to use media effectively is a pre-requisite for full participation in society.
Media literacy refers to people’s ability to critically engage with information and media in all aspects of their life. At the heart of this critical engagement is the ability to critique media and information as well as media technologies and business models. This includes knowing the way these produce, challenge and subvert relationships, representations and power.
We conducted the first national media literacy survey of adult Australians and found that although most people believe that media literacy is critical to many aspects of their life, many have no access to support when they need it.
This symposium includes synchronous events in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. Each event features a panel discussion with researchers and practitioners about the state of media literacy in Australia. Key findings from our research will follow the panel discussion.
We hope that these events will help to build momentum and support collaboration to ensure that media literacy research can inform policy and practice at a time when media literacy is now on the Australia policy agenda.
The speakers will discuss how media literacy research can help to address key challenges we face in Australian society including the widespread online circulation of misinformation, social and racial inequality, and a lack of trust in our democratic systems.
Tuesday 13 April – Program
11.00 – 12.00: International Keynote, Associate Professor Paul Mihailidis
12.00 – 12.30: Lunch
12.30 – 2.00: Panel – Media Literacy’s many tasks – promoting critical engagement with digital platforms
- Media literacy after dark: how hyperpartisans pervert critical engagement (Axel Bruns)
- The state of play of media literacy education in Australian Schools (Moneth Montemayor).
- Thinking through TikTok: A framework for platform literacy (Aleesha Rodriguez)
- First Draft’s vaccine misinformation Hub and Dashboard for media literacy (Anne Kruger)
2:00 – 2.30: Afternoon tea
2:30 – 3.30: ‘Media Literacy in Australia’ Report Launch
Opening remarks by Professor Patrik Wikstrom, Director of the Digital Media Research Centre, QUT (Brisbane) Presentation by Professor Michael Dezuanni
For more information about the speakers and to download the full program see: https://tinyurl.com/1mhot6k8
Registration via Eventbrite
Location available on registration.
For more info about this event contact Professor Michael Dezuanni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Tuesday) 11:00 AM - 3:30 AM
CrowdTangle has emerged as one of the key sources of data on public posting activities on
CrowdTangle has emerged as one of the key sources of data on public posting activities on Facebook; it now also explicitly offers access to academic researchers. This workshop provides an introduction to the data available from CrowdTangle, and to how such data can be used in scholarly research. Working hands-on with CrowdTangle, the workshop introduces its functions; we will also work with data exported from CrowdTangle in the data analytics software Tableau to analyse and visualise patterns of communication.
In person only event.
(Tuesday) 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Springfield Room - X Block
Level 5, Springfield Room, X Block
Information May Want to Be Free, but Journalism Can’t Be: An Industrial Analysis of ‘Newspaper’ Disruption Professor Amanda Lotz, QUT Digital Media Research Centre 5:30 – 6:30pm 10th February QUT Kelvin Grove, (location
Information May Want to Be Free, but Journalism Can’t Be: An Industrial Analysis of ‘Newspaper’ Disruption
Professor Amanda Lotz, QUT Digital Media Research Centre
5:30 – 6:30pm 10th February
QUT Kelvin Grove, (location provided on RSVP form)
The technological changes affecting news organizations over the last two decades may be well known, but how they connect with and have challenged the business imperatives that guide commercial news organizations is complicated. In this presentation, media industry scholar Amanda Lotz turns her focus on the implications of internet communication technologies for print news.
Drawing from research about ‘newspapers’ for her forthcoming book Media Disrupted: Surviving Pirates, Cannibals, and Streaming Wars (MIT Press, 2021) Amanda examines the multifaceted effects of digital technology on the financial foundation of industries that fund ‘print’ journalism by selling attention to advertisers. She explores how different digital tools ‘unbundled’ newspapers and decimated the business model – whether distributing news and journalism on paper or online.
5:00pm (Physical attendees) Arrive QUT Kelvin Grove (location provided on RSVP form)
5:25pm (Virtual attendees) Zoom session opens
5:30pm Professor Amanda Lotz presentation and Q&A
6:30pm Conclude event and move to post-event venue
Amanda D. Lotz is a professor and leader of the Transforming Media Industries research project in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of ten books that explore television and media industries. Her most recent books explore the connections between internet-distributed services such as Netflix and the legacy television industry, as well as the business strategies and revenue models that differ. Her award-winning book, The Television Will Be Revolutionized, now in its second edition, has been translated into Mandarin, Korean, Italian, and Polish. She is frequently interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace, has appeared on BBC, CNN’s The Nineties, ABC, SBS, HuffPost Live, and ZDF and been interviewed for articles in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Wired, and Men’s Health among many others. She has published articles about the business of television at Quartz, Salon, The New Republic, hosted the Media Business Matters podcast, and tweets about television and media @DrTVLotz. For more, see amandalotz.com
If you are in Brisbane and wish to attend this event in person then please head to https://forms.gle/86dk2X8wVJju992J6 to register.
There is a limited number of tickets available.
If you wish to participate in the live zoom webinar then please head to https://www.meetup.com/Hacks-Hackers-Brisbane/events/276021749/ to register.
This event is co-organised by QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre, and Hacks/Hackers Brisbane.
(Monday) 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
To be provided on registration