Europe presentations

Chris and Joel have been in Europe during August and September presenting about the #thismymob project.

Australian Embassy, Berlin

The first stop was the Australian Embassy in Berlin where Chris and Joel presented to the Ambassador Lynette Wood and Australian Embassy staff. Everyone was very excited about the project particularly around designing and developing technologies that establish ‘digital land rights’ for Indigenous people.

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University of Cambridge

The next stop was at the University of Cambridge where Chris and Joel showcased the #thismymob project, demonstrated the functionality of the app and talked about future research collaborations.

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Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London

A meeting was also held with academics from the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies to give a demonstration of the #thismymob app and discuss future research collaborations.

MobileHCI Conference, Barcelona Spain

The final stop was the MobileHCI Conference in Barcelona where Chris and Joel caught up with Professor Nic Bidwell who is a partner investigator on the #thismymob project. Joel also presented a paper at the Mobile Cultural Heritage workshop. The talk highlighted that the #thismymob project is unique and the first of its kind to explore the impacts of mobile technologies for preserving and promoting Indigenous Australian cultural heritage across urban, regional, rural and remote landscapes.

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United States presentations

Chris and Joel have been in the United States during August, presenting about the #thismymob project, and the successful launch of the app prototype with the five participating mobs.

University California Irvine

Their first stop was in Irvine, California where they met up with Professor Paul Dourish from the University of California Irvine, who is a partner investigator on the project. The discussions there were about post-colonial computing and how the project team can further investigate co-desiging technologies with Indigenous people and ‘coding for culture’.

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Google, San Francisco 

The next stop was to San Francisco, California where they presented the project to Google. The presentation was held in the San Francisco office and was also broadcast across to all Google offices around the United States. Google staff were very interested in the project particularly around ‘coding for culture’ and ensuring that technology is designed with Indigenous people to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.

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MIT, Boston

The next presentation was at MIT in Boston, which sparked interesting conversations around cyber bullying and how apps, such as #thismymob can be used as safe space for Indigenous people to connect and communicate with each other.

Australian Embassy, Washington DC

The final stop was at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, where Chris and Joel presented to Australian Embassy staff, and representatives from Embassies from New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and Peru.

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Indigenous Taiwan Meetings

In May 2018 Associate Professor Tuck Leong met with Professor Yu-Yang Liu from the College of Education of the University of Taipei, in Taiwan. Professor Liu talked about his long-term and ongoing research with different Indigenous Taiwanese groups which has been going on for over 10 years. In terms of using IT to support these Indigenous communities, the main efforts have been to use IT to help preserve different Indigenous languages. This has led to the creation of a large numbers of language learning games, storytelling videos, and language resources. A large effort is focused on reinforcing a standard phonetic written form of these oral languages. Through this, the very grammatically complex languages can be more easily taught/learned, and preserved.

The Indigenous groups he worked with, especially the elderly use mobile phones primarily for their communication and via texting. Not all would use smartphones. However, those using smartphones would almost certainly be using the Line messaging app as the main channel for communication. While Indigenous people, in Taiwan, especially the younger generations, use social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, these platforms cannot rival the dominant use of Line. The language learning site sponsored by the Council of Indigenous People is, http://klokah.tw
The other is sponsored by Taipei City Hall is, http://taipei.pqwasan.org.tw