Issues for Australian Indigenous culture online

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Information Technology is the most versatile technology yet developed. By enabling the components to be altered using a language emulating the spoken tongue, we have a technology that can readily be adapted to new situations. This flexibility is exemplified by the resources provided by the open source community which covers a wide range of applications including communication protocols, file conversions and web services. However the designers of this technology are still located in a cultural milieu which may not accommodate the needs of all users. This chapter looks at how innovative technology and software can meet the needs of some of the most dispossessed people through supporting Indigenous knowledge sharing. In designing Appropriate Technology, engineers consider the technical, environmental, social and economic aspects affecting uptake, as well as cultural suitability. Using this approach, the author considers IT uptake in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Culturally-Aware Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives and Models
EditorsEmmanuel G. Blanchard, Danièle Allard
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781615208838
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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