Youth empowerment and information and communication technologies: A case study of a remote Australian Aboriginal community

Guy Singleton, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen, Kado Muir, Deeva Muir, Murray McGregor

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Abstract

In spite of a 'digital divide', Aboriginal groups in Australia, as internationally, are increasingly using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to maintain their cultures, communicate, archive knowledge, empower their communities, develop skills and generate income. Each community uses the technologies differently in accordance with their particular needs and the opportunities available. The use of ICTs in Aboriginal youth empowerment is illustrated through a case study of an initiative undertaken by the Walkatjurra Cultural Centre in Leonora, remote Western Australia. A participatory process was used to engage the Centre's young people and they were given individual assistance to develop their ICT related capacity. The community conceives this youth empowerment to be part of a broader youth participation process that will contribute to the Centre's overall objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-413
Number of pages11
JournalGeojournal
Volume74
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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