Mobile Futures Workshop

(with a focus on remote, rural and regional digital mobility)

Mobile Screens Working Group

A report of this event is available

12-13 June, Adelaide

A workshop to bring together researchers from the academy, government and industry with a view to examining mobile phone and wireless use and access, especially beyond built-up urban centres. A number of issues will be considered including the effect of infrastructure (or the lack of it) on access and opportunity; current best practice using mobile and wireless technology in remote, rural and regional areas; and a consideration of how physical proximity to other people and the presence or absence of personal space impacts upon screen cultures. Anticipated outcomes include: a publication and seed funding to develop a broader project.

 

Thursday 12 June  
9.00am – 12.00pm Infrastructure and Technology
1.00pm – 4.00pm Australian Mobile Futures: Content and User Practice
4.00pm – 5.00pm Drinks and Nibbles at Aroma Café Magill
Friday 13 June  
9.00am – 10.30am Mapping a mobile and wireless nation – discussion and planning of the idea floated by Mel last year
10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea
11.00am – 12.30pm Publication Discussion
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch

We already have some government and industry people we’re going to invite along, as well as people from the university sector but any other suggestions are always most welcome.

 

report

This workshop brought together people from the academy, government and industry to discuss some of the key research problems facing us in terms of mobile phone and wireless use and access, especially, in a large sparsely populated country such as Australia, beyond built-up urban centres.  A number of issues were considered including the effect of infrastructure (or the lack of it) on access and opportunity; current best practice using mobile and wireless technology in remote, rural and regional areas; and a consideration of how physical proximity to other people and the presence of absence of personal space impacts upon screen cultures. Out of the Mobile Screens workshop, we can see a number of trajectories/projects emerging. Eventually these will form their own project teams and will approach the node directly for event funding. There was a lot of interest in the idea of 'work-arounds', and two project teams are emerging: one around youth practices of making do and/or innovating and another focussed on rural/remote/regional 'making dos’, especially in the absence of decent national broadband and mobile phone infrastructure.