Connectivity and digital inclusion in Far North Queensland's agricultural communities: policy focused report

Marshall, Amber, Dale, Allan, Babacan, Hurriyet, and Dezuanni, Michael (2019) Connectivity and digital inclusion in Far North Queensland's agricultural communities: policy focused report. Report. The Cairns Institute, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Internet connectivity is essential for prosperity and development in all societies. This policy‐focussed report is the culmination of a qualitative study of digital connectivity and telecommunications in rural Far North Queensland (FNQ). In particular, the research investigated the lived experience of digital inclusion – a combination of internet access, affordability of technology, and digital ability ‐ in agricultural households and communities the Northern Gulf region. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII)shows that North West Queensland (which takes in the Gulf Savannah) is one of Australia’s least digitally included regions. The ADII further suggests that farmers and farm managers tend to score more poorly in the Index than others in comparable circumstances, particularly on the digital ability sub‐index. This research aimed to unpack how these quantitative insights 'play out' in the context of rural FNQ, thereby shedding light on the nuanced and context‐specific factors that impact digital participation of farming households and communities.

Item ID: 63861
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978‐0‐9954471‐3‐4
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Copyright Information: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. This publication is licenced by James Cook University for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia licence. For licence conditions see https://creaƟvecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Funders: Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 01:53
FoR Codes: 10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology @ 50%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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