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Deaf federation urges world leaders to push sign language

By Professor Katie Ellis International Sign Languages Day is celebrated each year on 23 September. In 2020 the World Federation of the Deaf is stepping up its lobby efforts for the celebration, challenging global leaders to promote the use of sign languages. Australia’s top political leaders are already onboard, promoting the use of Auslan sign […]

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Between Two Worlds: Living with A (Semi)Invisible Disability

Blog Post by Rhiannon De Cinque – Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) Team Member. Originally published by YDAN I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) at three years old. But growing up I was never really encouraged to identify as a person with a disability or to engage with communities of people with disabilities. My […]

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PEER REVIEWED Meme factory cultures and content pivoting in Singapore and Malaysia during COVID-19 This paper is a qualitative ethnographic study of how a group of meme factories in Singapore and Malaysia have adapted their content programming and social media practices in light of COVID-19. It considers how they have fostered, countered, or challenged the […]

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TikTok tries to distance itself from Beijing, but will it be enough to avoid the global blacklist? HAYOUNG JEON/EPA Article by Michael Keane, Curtin University and Haiqing Yu, RMIT University TikTok, the made-in-China, video-sharing platform beloved by youth and influencers alike, is suddenly everywhere in our new world of COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing. The platform’s […]

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Influencer and social media industries adapting to COVID-19

Written by Wishcrys I have been reviewing interview transcripts from my project looking at how influencers, influencer agencies, and social media companies have been adapting to COVID-19, and want to share a few quintessential snippets, paraphrased: 1) Founder, on his staff offering to take pay cuts to keep business afloat: “Millennials get a lot of […]

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Watching television with your ears

By Katie Ellis with research by Gwyneth Peaty In a tweet that has been liked by 1 million people and shared 141,000 times @caringbrat suggests Netflix introduce a category called “easy to follow while looking at my phone the whole time.” While @caringbrat’s predicament has captured the attention of an increasingly distracted television audience, the […]

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COVID-19 crisis – Students with disability are the first to be left behind

By Catia Malaquias, PhD Student with Katie Ellis, Director Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), Curtin University The Australian Government is saying that “students can now go back to school – but when and how depends on what your particular State government tells you”. But for students with health conditions, some State governments are telling […]

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Fireside Chats at the Open Publishing Festival

Project co-lead Cameron Neylon writes about online festivals, celebrating success and the challenges of infrastructure. Originally posted on the COKI website. For the past two weeks there has been a very different kind of event running online. The Open Publishing Fest is entirely online, and pretty much entirely decentralized. The concept grew out of conversations […]

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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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