THE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE 2000

National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights


Craig Greene
National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya

The Creation of the Information Rich and the Information Poor

Abstract
Digitalisation of communications technology will have significant effects for Indigenous communities. The critical factors that will shape these communications transitions will be access. Access in this context can be viewed in various ways. I like to think access is participation and participation is involvement and involvement is a means of breaking isolation. Does digital communications technology break isolation or does it help create it?

When we think of isolation we should not see it as simply distance, it should viewed as not having the full capability (for various reasons) to participate.

Bionote
A Gurindji Walpri person from the Northern Territory. The first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person to graduate from the University of South Australia, School of Communication and Information Management with a Bachelor of Arts -Communication Studies. I have worked as a Research Assistant with the Aboriginal Research Institute - Uni SA on the Indigenous Online Network. Worked with Commerce company Aboriginal Australia.com. Currently with the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya.

I am not published nor I am a researcher, I am a grass roots person who sees the effects of the communications revolution and its impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Presentation Type
30 min paper


University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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