Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Australia’s Communication Policy and Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Australia’s Communication Policy and Rights of Persons with Disabilities This presentation evaluates current communication policies in Australia from a critical disability theory (CDT) framework and identifies the quality of those policies as they speak to people with disability. The research analyses three communications policy case studies to evaluate how Australia’s adoption of the United Nations …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Digital Media Practices in Households

This new book explores practices through locative media and quantified self apps in households in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne.   Digital Media Practices in Households: Kinship through Data New book by Larissa Hjorth, Kana Ohashi, Jolynna Sinanan, Heather Horst, Sarah Pink, Fumitoshi Kato, Baohua Zhou Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne, …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Mapping the National Web

Exploring hyperlinking among Ukrainian Canadians to map geographic, linguistic, and political boundaries of the Ukrainian national web. Mapping the National Web: Spaces and cultures of diasporic mobilisation in the digital age National web is the idea that our online experience remains profoundly shaped by geographical, cultural, and political borders: online spaces emerge as series of …

Media@Sydney Book Launch: Food in a Changing Climate

This new book analyses land and labour relationships in the global food system.   Today’s responsible, ethical eater is bombarded with multiple framings of healthier bodies, food justice, animal welfare, and climate-stable futures. Many of these focus on plant-based diets. Strong counter-narratives have emerged from the livestock sector across mainstream media, blogs, social media, and …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: Smart Publics: Imaginaries and Discoveries of Smart Street Furniture

How do people notice smart street furniture and engage with them? How do the goals of designers and governments meet with lived reality? Smart street furniture — wi-fi enabled devices, with built-in digital screens, charging ports and sensors — produce new socio-technical encounters and foster new imaginaries, actualising visions of the long awaited ‘smart city’. …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: The Lives and Careers of Professional Live Streamers

This seminar focuses on the pasts, presents and predicted or considered futures of live streamers. This talk examines the careers and backgrounds of professional “live streamers” broadcasting on leading platform Twitch.tv. I begin by outlining the rapid growth of this site to the point where millions of individuals are broadcasting to well over one hundred …

Media@Sydney Web Seminar: The Bhutan-Wiki Project: Global knowledge and minority languages

The growing influence of English Wikipedia has created powerful new gatekeepers and publishing practices that determine not only what constitutes knowledge in the online world, but whose knowledge is privileged. Research shows the different ways that the structural inequalities of the offline world are being reproduced online, creating new sites for colonisation. However, the smaller …

Media@Sydney: Psychodata: Disassembling social-emotional learning, edutech and policy

Psychology and economics are powerful sources of contemporary governance, and are increasingly influential in education policy and practice. In this context, social and emotional learning (SEL) is becoming an educational priority in many parts of the world. Based on the measurement and assessment of students’ ‘noncognitive’ skills, SEL consists of a ‘psycho-economic’ combination of psychometrics with economic …