Connecting in the Gulf: exploring digital inclusion for Indigenous families on Mornington Island

Marshall, Amber, Osman, Kim, Rogers, Jessa, Pham, Thu, and Babacan, Hurriyet (2023) Connecting in the Gulf: exploring digital inclusion for Indigenous families on Mornington Island. Information Communication and Society, 26 (12). pp. 2376-2397.

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Digital inclusion research explores the complex inequalities among different societal groups that affect people’s ability to fully participate in social, economic, and cultural life. Globally, digital inequalities exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and this paper contributes to a growing body of literature focused on Indigenous digital inclusion in Australia. This paper outlines how a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers developed an Indigenous research methodology to investigate the digital inclusion challenges, and opportunities, for Aboriginal families living in a remote community on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This methodology applies principles of decolonisation, through Indigenous yarning and photography, to foreground the voices of Indigenous people in articulating barriers and solutions to low levels of digital inclusion in their community. The findings detail the everyday and novel ways Indigenous families use the internet and digital devices, and how these insights might inform Indigenous-focused policy, practices and programs.

Item ID: 80426
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1468-4462
Keywords: Aboriginal, Australia, decolonization, digital connectivity, Digital inclusion, Indigenous, telecommunications
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2024 06:01
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441007 Sociology and social studies of science and technology @ 50%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4506 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sciences > 450603 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander computing technology use and design @ 50%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs @ 100%
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