7 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

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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.

    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

    • 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.

    • 28 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 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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