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Archive for May, 2020

Drones and Daleks: COVID-19 and predatory policing

Submitted by Leanne McRae, Curtin Univeristy Quirky footage appeared in the digisphere last week of a single Dalek – antagonists from the long-running television Dr Who – monitoring the streets of a sleepy English village and directing its residents to stay in-doors. It was shared as a humorous aside to the COVID crisis. The single […]

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Accessibility will help us get through COVID

Submitted by Professor Katie Ellis, Curtin University Thursday, 21st May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Now in its 9th year, GAAD aims ‘to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities’. The Curtin University Centre for Culture and Technology’s Digital Inclusion and Media Access program focuses research on […]

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Smartphones become even more vital for people who are blind or have low-vision during coronavirus crisis

Submitted by Kathryn Locke, Curtin University Back in the early days of the #Covid-19 crisis, researchers at the Curtin University Centre for Culture and Technology started working on a Vision Australia research project to highlight the importance of smartphones for people with low vision or blindness. Conducted on the precipice of the coronarvirus pandemic, it […]

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Evidence that open knowledge is central to the future of higher education

By Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery – co-lead Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) project. At a time when universities across the world are re-examining their operation and structure as a result of the impacts of the virus, it is COVID-19 that also points a way forward – elevating the esteem for university research and showcasing the […]

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Here are 5 ways to flatten the climate change curve while stuck at home

TASS/Sipa USA Author: Sky Croeser, Curtin University After the horrors of the last bushfire season, climate action in Australia seemed to have new momentum. But then coronavirus struck. All of a sudden, the public was preoccupied by a different catastrophe. But one positive has emerged from the devastation wrought by coronavirus: our ability to radically […]

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Slow living and the art of home maintenance: East Asian vloggers celebrate the domestic space

해그린달 haegreendal/YouTube Author: Crystal Abidin, Senior Research Fellow & ARC DECRA, Internet Studies, Curtin University For many of us who are used to working regular hours in an office, home-based isolation and lockdown is a novel and even unnerving experience. However, East Asian home vloggers (video bloggers) have been documenting their days of “hanging out at […]

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