Deadly Digital Communities (DDC) is a new digital literacy program which is being delivered to Queensland’s remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) and selected public libraries are facilitating the program whereby participants can learn about everything from searching the internet to using social media.
The Deadly Digital Communities program encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to dream big through digital literacy to create and unlock new opportunities and new possibilities for themselves and their community.
Deadly Digital Communities provides community-based digital literacy and technology training over two years to remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland.
Digital literacy is an essential skill in the digital age as more services and daily interactions move online. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index reports that digital inclusion is steadily increasing in Australia. However in multiple digital inclusion dimensions, access to digital technologies and digital skill building is limited for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Deadly Digital Communities will help close the digital divide in Queensland by encouraging people in remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop digital literacy skills, using digital technologies to access health, social and financial services. Participants gain digital skills from sending an email to promoting new business ideas, enabling communities to interact in the digital world irrespective of where they live.
The program commenced in August 2017 and will be completed in 2019.
Deadly Digital Communities program commenced in the following communities:
- Hammond Island
- Mabuiag Island
- Palm Island
- Poruma Island
- Wujal Wujal
- Hope Vale.
A further 10 locations will be added to the program over the coming months.
During NAIDOC week this year, State Library launched a video on the impact Deadly Digital Communities has on Palm Island.
Deadly Digital Communities is an initiative of the State Library of Queensland and Telstra in partnership with Indigenous Knowledge Centres, Indigenous Councils and public libraries.