11 episodes

The internet, as shaped by the world's oldest living culture. From RMIT University with contributions from First Nations Media Australia. Produced in partnership with Telstra.
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Disconnect RMIT University

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    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

The internet, as shaped by the world's oldest living culture. From RMIT University with contributions from First Nations Media Australia. Produced in partnership with Telstra.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Web Cubed (live episode)

    Web Cubed (live episode)

    Web3 is an online ecosystem based on decentralised blockchain technology. With web3 you can transfer value directly to another person without using third party services. Can the tools and infrastructures of web3 be built according to Indigenous governance principles?  
     
    This final episode of Disconnect features a panel of speakers on the topic of web3 and Indigenous governance. The episode was recorded at the ‘What’s Governing Web3?’ conference at RMIT’s Capitol Theatre on 14 December 2022.  
     
    Speakers: Megan Kelleher (RMIT), Rick Shaw (Deloitte), Robert O’Brien (Yumi). Hosted by Ellie Rennie and Tyson Yunkaporta.  
     
    Disconnect is a podcast about the internet and First Nations peoples. Produced by RMIT University’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre, produced by Ellie Rennie and Tyson Yunkaporta, with producer and editor James Milsom. Disconnect was funded by Telstra.  
    Want to hear more about web3? Listen to RMIT’s new podcast Mutable, “a podcast about web3 in the wild”, on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/19i6z5QncoiKENS1sW8VZp?si=8aBSZYU5Rs6TA-yyUd6ahA 
    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/se/podcast/mutable/id1660838462?l=en 
    And other good podcasting apps. 

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    • 40 min
    Join us for our live episode recording!

    Join us for our live episode recording!

    Join us at RMIT University in Melbourne on 14 December. Tickets are free and available to be booked here.
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    • 1 min
    Hidden Valley

    Hidden Valley

    Internet access might be something city dwellers take for granted. In town camps and remote communities across Australia, just sending an email isn’t always straight forward. In this episode we visit Hidden Valley, a town camp in Alice Springs. While Hidden Valley struggles with satellite internet, the Alice Springs suburbs just across the road have new fibre optic connections. This is the latest chapter in Hidden Valley’s long struggle for local infrastructure.


    In this episode you heard from:


    Meret MacDonald
    Noeleen McMillan
    Stella McMillan
    Tim McNamara
    Professor Ampalavanapillai (Thas) Nirmalathas
    Daniel Featherstone


    Music prior to credits: Neon Moon by Miiesha featuring The Woorabinda Singers, licensed courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation


    Main story produced by Else Kennedy, Meret MacDonald and Noeleen McMillan.


    The transcript of of this episode is available as a Word document or PDF.


    Soft sculpture of tin can telephone by Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. Image design by Pam Koger

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    • 31 min
    Wrong Story

    Wrong Story

    Information spreads quickly online and so does misinformation. The early days of the internet were an optimistic time but today people talk more about fake news than the information superhighway. Online misinformation touches every community; in this episode we look at the way it spreads in indigenous communities and how a history of colonisation makes the problem worse.


    In this episode you heard from:


    Jordan
    Tina Ngata
    Deen Sanders


    Music prior to credits: We Have Survived performed by DOBBY, licensed courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


    The full transcript of this episode is available as a word document and PDF


    Artwork: Soft sculpture of tin can telephone by Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. Image design by Pam Koger.


    This podcast is funded by Telstra

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    • 34 min
    There's a Yagi on Your Roof

    There's a Yagi on Your Roof

    Access to phone and internet is not universal within Australia. In some places, just getting mobile phone service can be a logistical challenge. We follow the story of a family in Kwale Kwale, west of Alice Springs, as they try to get connected.
    Disconnect is a podcast about the internet in remote Australian Aboriginal communities. Produced by RMIT University, led by Ellie Rennie, Indigo Holcombe-James and Tyson Yunkaporta, with producer James Milsom and production assistance from Campbell McNolty. Additional research assistance for this episode was provided by Sam Kininmonth. Special thanks to Alyson Wright. Disconnect was funded by Telstra as an action within their Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021.


    In this episode you heard from:
    Rhonda Inkamala
    Trudy Inkamala
    Mark Sulikowski, Telstra
    Michael Perez, Telstra


    Music prior to credits: Around Here by Tia Gostelow, licensed courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation


    The full transcript for this episode is available as a Word document or PDF.


    The inDigiMOB program worked with us on this episode. inDigiMOB is a partnership between First Nations Media Australia and Telstra.
    First Nations Media Australia is the national peak body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media industry.
    Soft sculpture of tin can telephone by Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. Image design by Pam Koger.
    The Home Internet Project mentioned at the start of the episode involved an infrastructure component, which was run through the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) and funded by the Aboriginals Benefit Account. A research component accompanied the provision of internet, which was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP110200440). The research was a collaboration between CAT, the Central Land Council, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, and university researchers (based at Swinburne University of Technology at the time). A book about the project is available open access

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    • 19 min
    Emoji Bosses

    Emoji Bosses

    There are many ways to preserve language. We trace the story of Australia’s first Indigenous emoji project, which is bringing Indigenous culture and the Arrernte language onto your smartphone. In the process we encounter emoji’s bosses and find out why it is so hard to add a new emoji to the set.




    Disconnect is a podcast about the internet in remote Australian Aboriginal communities. Produced by RMIT University, led by Ellie Rennie, Indigo Holcombe-James and Tyson Yunkaporta, with producer James Milsom and production assistance from Campbell McNolty. Additional research assistance for this episode was provided by Sam Kininmonth. Disconnect was funded by Telstra as an action within their Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021.




    In this episode you heard from:


    Joel Liddle Perrurle, Indigemoji


    Caddie Brain, Indigemoji


    Dr Kate Miltner, University of Edinburgh


    Graham Wilfred Jr, inDigiMOB


    Music prior to credits: Blackfellas by Nooky, licensed courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation


    The full transcript for this episode is available as a Word document or PDF.


    You can download the Indigemoji sticker set now for iOS and Android


    The inDigiMOB program worked with us on this episode. inDigiMOB is a partnership between First Nations Media Australia and Telstra.


    First Nations Media Australia is the national peak body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media industry.


    There is a Māori emoji set too. Check out Emotiki developed by Te Puia in Rotorua, NZ.


    Soft sculpture of tin can telephone by Rhonda Sharpe, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. Image design by Pam Koger.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Niall Mitchell ,

A podcast for switched-on, plugged-in remote communities

This is a smart, witty and fun podcast looking at the role of the internet, technology and social media in remote indigenous communities in Australia. The hosts are eloquent and charming, but uncompromising in their representation of modern indigenous society.

It is beautifully edited with a deft balance of gravitas, humour and real life experiences. Entertaining, enlightening and enjoyable.

malarkey R ,

Beautifully crafted stories, funny and profound

Technology show that goes to a different level by looking at human experiences, traditions, lore and law.

Jurado Jhonny ,

Fascinating, and well crafted!

A great podcast. Add it to your list!

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