Establishing Digital Land Rights and Reconnecting Indigenous Communities through Emerging Technologies
This study is the first to apply the framework of Postcolonial Computing to guide the design and leadership of a national-scale, Indigenous-led technology development project in Australia. We aim to establish the notion of digital land rights, which asserts the right of Indigenous peoples to a safe online space that they control. Through a project to design and evaluate a mobile app, the study aims to investigate how social technology can enhance wellbeing by connecting Indigenous communities, and how we can design culturally appropriate and sensitive technologies that afford a safe refuge for Indigenous peoples and their communities.
Funding source: ARC Indigenous IN170100030. Project time frame: 2017 – 2022
- Prof Chris Lawrence, Monash University
- A/Prof Tuck Leong, University of Technology Sydney
- Dr Greg Wadley, University of Melbourne
- Prof Sandra Eades, University of Melbourne
- Prof Nicola Bidwell, University of Melbourne
- Prof Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine
Workshop at Tiwi Islands, NT
Dourish, P., Lawrence, C., Leong, T. W., & Wadley, G. (2020). On being iterated: The affective demands of design participation. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-11).
Leong, T. W., Lawrence, C., & Wadley, G. (2019). Designing for diversity in Aboriginal Australia: Insights from a national technology project. In Proceedings of the 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction (pp. 418-422).
Lawrence, C., Leong, T. W., Brereton, M., Taylor, J. L., Bidwell, N., & Wadley, G. (2019). Indigenous HCl: Workshop at OzCHI 2019, Perth. In Proceedings of the 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer-Interaction (pp. 17-19).
Lawrence, C., Leong, T. W., Gay, V., Woods, A., & Wadley, G. (2017). #thismymob: digital land rights and reconnecting indigenous communities. In Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (pp. 646-647).
The Conversation, 1 August 2018 'Digital land rights': co-designing technologies with Indigenous Australians. Chris Lawrence writes in The Conversation.
SBS, 3 November 2016 Deadly digital project #thismymob receives renowned grant Chris Lawrence discusses the project for NITV.
Members of our team co-organized a workshop on 'Indigenous HCI' at OzCHI 2019, Fremantle.
Members of our team co-organized a workshop on '#thismymob: digital land rights and reconnecting indigenous communities' at OzCHI 2017, Brisbane.
Workshop at Lombadina, WA
Our DP funding expired in 2022. In ongoing work, the knowledge and technology generated by the ThisMyMob project are being adapted to create a system, called SWAMSmob, which will support telehealth services provided by the South-West Aboriginal Medical Service who are based in Bunbury and service south-west WA. The following video from Curtin University explains this next phase of our work.