5 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.

Disconnect RMIT University

    • Social Sciences
    • 5.0, 12 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.

    Not Your Mate

    Not Your Mate

    Indigenous Australians are losing tens of millions of dollars to scammers every year. In this episode, we travel around the country to look at how online scams are being targeted to remote communities, and trace their story back beyond social media.

    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, Disconnect was funded by Telstra as an action within their Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021 (hyperlinks below).

    RMIT University: https://digital-ethnography.com/
    Telstra's Reconciliation Action Plan: https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/about-us/community-environment/pdf/tel024_telstra-reconciliation-action-plan-2018-2021.pdf

    In this episode you heard from:
    Jennifer Barda
    Pamela Lynch Kngwarraye
    Lynda Edwards, Financial Counselling Australia
    Tom Holder, PY Media
    Chloe James, inDigiMOB
    Percy Bishop, inDigiMOB
    Delia Rickard, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
    Nathan Boyle, Australian Securities and Investment Commission

    Music prior to credits: Mr La Di Da Di by Baker Boy courtesy of Lunatic Entertainment

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

    First Nations Media Australia (formerly known as Indigenous Remote Communications Association or IRCA) 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.

    • 37 min
    The Dish

    The Dish

    If you've driven through the Northern Territory lately you may have seen these structures, always in places where there is no mobile phone reception. No reception, that is, until you rest your phone on one of these bush hotspots.

    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, Disconnect was funded by Telstra as an action within their Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021 (hyperlinks below).

    The research underpinning this podcast series is as follows:

    RMIT University: https://digital-ethnography.com/
    Telstra's Reconciliation Action Plan: https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/about-us/community-environment/pdf/tel024_telstra-reconciliation-action-plan-2018-2021.pdf

    In this episode you heard from:
    Dennis Charles
    Pamela Lynch Kngwarraye
    Veronica Lynch Kngwarraye
    Andrew Crouch, formerly Centre for Appropriate Technology Steve Rogers, Centre for Appropriate Technology

    Music prior to credits: Ngarrikwujeyinama performed by Emily Wurramara. Licensed courtesy Wantok Music.

    The inDigiMOB program worked with us on this episode. inDigiMOB is a partnership between First Nations Media Australia and Telstra.
    First Nations Media Australia (formerly known as Indigenous Remote Communications Association or IRCA) 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.

    • 25 min
    Killswitch

    Killswitch

    When you live in a place with mobile phone reception you can switch off your device, but the network stays on. But what if you wanted the whole thing switched off? In some remote Australian communities, it can be.

    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, Disconnect was funded by Telstra as an action within their Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021 (hyperlinks below).

    RMIT University: https://digital-ethnography.com/
    Telstra's Reconciliation Action Plan: https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/about-us/community-environment/pdf/tel024_telstra-reconciliation-action-plan-2018-2021.pdf

    In this episode you heard from:
    Dennis Charles
    Kumanjayi Katakarinja
    Jenny McFarland, CAYLUS
    Daniel Sacchero, Easyweb Digital
    Jonathan Daw, First Nations Media Australia

    Music prior to credits: Native Tongue performed by Mojo Juju. Licensed courtesy Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    The inDigiMOB program worked with us on this episode. inDigiMOB is a partnership between First Nations Media Australia and Telstra.
    First Nations Media Australia (formerly known as Indigenous Remote Communications Association or IRCA) 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.

    • 27 min
    Sky Camp

    Sky Camp

    In some Aboriginal cultures, when someone passes away, their name and image should not be spoken or seen, let alone shared online. In this episode we discuss the topic of death, and how customs surrounding death are being challenged by social media and internet use.

    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, Disconnect was funded by Telstra as an action within their Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021 (hyperlinks below).

    RMIT University: https://digital-ethnography.com/
    Telstra's Reconciliation Action Plan: https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/about-us/community-environment/pdf/tel024_telstra-reconciliation-action-plan-2018-2021.pdf

    In this episode you heard from: Dennis Charles
    Djalu
    Dhapanbal Yunupingu
    Ishmael Marika
    Kumanjayi Katakarinja Veronica Lynch Kngwarraye

    Music by DRMNGNW.

    The inDigiMOB program worked with us on this episode. inDigiMOB is a partnership between First Nations Media Australia and Telstra.
    First Nations Media Australia (formerly known as Indigenous Remote Communications Association or IRCA) 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.

    • 22 min
    Pilot

    Pilot

    In this episode we discuss conflict arising on social media, including the spread of fight videos in remote communities and privacy problems arising from the sharing of devices.

    First released in 2018.

    We'd like to thank the youth forum participants, and Papulu Apparr-Kari for inviting us along. Thanks also to Lesley Acres and the State Library of Queensland, which is working with Telstra to improve digital literacy and cyber safety in that region - and to Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor from QUT.

    This podcast was produced by RMIT University, led by Ellie Rennie, Indigo Holcombe-James and Tyson Yunkaporta with Audiocraft's Camilla Hannan and James Milsom.

    Telstra funded the project as an action within the 'Connection and Capability' priority focus area of their Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018.

    In this episode you heard music from Emily Wurramara.

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

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 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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