Creating Better Digital Futures

Working in partnership with communities, industry and government, this program uses innovative ethnographic and participatory co-design methods to understand, intervene, and advocate for the creation of better digital futures. We help equip citizens, consumers and organisations with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently, effectively and ethically navigate the digital media environment. 

We deliver actionable new knowledge about the structural conditions and circumstances that impact equitable, informed and positive digital participation. Our research provides an evidence base for developing just policies and practices that create better digital futures for society.

We have four priority research areas:

Media Literacy Research Incubator

The ML Incubator advances knowledge about how individuals and communities develop critical and creative capacities to engage with digital media information and entertainment, data, algorithms and automated systems. 

Advancing Digital Inclusion

The Advancing Digital Inclusion research area works closely with communities and industry to further our understanding of the challenges to, and opportunities for reducing digital inequity. 

Addressing Online Harms

The Addressing Online Harms research area examines pressing digital social problems and investigates holistic solutions that can foster safe, equitable, just and accountable digital technologies.

Engaging Communities

This priority area explores the role of digital and civic media in empowering grassroots movements, political advocacy, and amplifying community voices to effect positive change, enhance social cohesion, and strengthen democratic processes.

Program Leader

Information and resources about some of our past research is here:

Digital Inclusion and Low Income Households

Digital Inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Digital Media Literacy

Rural development through digital participation 

Urban Media and Digital Geographies