Using Social Living Labs


The Fostering Digital Participation Project aims to identify the specific digital needs and practices of residents in regional and rural Australia in the context of the implementation of high speed internet, including the National Broadband Network. It has identified new ways for enabling residents to develop their digital confidence and skills at home and in the community. Research for the project has been undertaken through a “living labs” approach. Living labs are experimental spaces in which new ideas, approaches and solutions can be tried out. In a living labs approach, workshop participants work in collaboration with researchers to find new ways to participate with digital technologies.

The project aims to discover what residents living in regional and rural centres are currently doing with digital technologies – whether they are doing very little or a lot. The project also aims to find out what residents would like to be doing with digital technologies and how public services through libraries and other community organisations can help.

The Living Labs


The Living Lab experience has produced positive results and has been praised by local community members.

The Fostering Digital Participation Project is led by

Queensland University of Technology

through the Children and Youth Research Centre.


The researchers involved are

The project has been conducted in the regional centres of

Toowoomba, Oakey, Pittsworth, Townsville and Thuringowa.


Project Partners