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Australian ICT use amongst marginalised youth and health service providers

December 18th, 2007 by Seb Chan

Australian non-profit foundation Inspire has released a report on ICT usage amongst marginalised youth and health service providers.

Amongst many things it reveals that at least in the state of Victoria, a digital divide in terms of access is far less prevalent than is generally expected. Mirroring the findings of a lot of overseas research it unsurprisingly finds that “ICT also plays an important role in facilitating young people’s social relationships” and that cultural differences affect the selection of sites used by different cultural and social groups of young people.

The report has implications for museums and cultural sector agencies looking to engage marginalised young people in digital storytelling projects, and the use and selection of digital channels in reaching these groups.

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