The enduring cultural power of 2016’s #IndigenousDads hashtag


Despite its critics, social activism was stronger than ever on Twitter in 2016. 

In Australia, hashtags like #blacklivesmatter, #letthemstay and #loveislove dominated according to Twitter’s own statistics, but the country’s #IndigenousDads movement also had lasting power.

On Aug. 6, people began sharing images of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers and grandfathers after a “racist” cartoon was published in The Australian newspaper, sending the grassroots hashtag trending. 

Drawn by Bill Leak, the cartoon came on the back of an ABC news program that exposed the horrific mistreatment of young people in the largely Indigenous juvenile detention centre, Don Dale, in Darwin. Read more…

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Images of pure joy as people celebrate at Standing Rock


A sense of victory swept through the camp of #NoDAPL protesters late Sunday and Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it wouldn’t grant an easement needed to finish the the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

While the jubilation might be short-lived with President-elect Donald Trump waiting in the wings, for now, the mood at the camps in North Dakota is festive. 

Celebrations at Oceti Sakowin commence, you can hear the cheers of people all over#NoDAPL

— Lakota Law Project (@lakotalaw) December 4, 2016 Read more…

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Aboriginal communities embrace technology, but have unique cyber safety challenges


For many people living in remote Aboriginal communities, mobile devices are the sole means of accessing the internet. 

However, when the use of mobile devices oversteps social and cultural lines, it can have serious consequences for individuals and their families.

While some people avoid social media and online financial transactions as a protective measure, this can result in new forms of digital exclusion.

Our research into online risks, carried out in central Australia and Cape York, reveals unique problems in remote communities, many of which are caused by the sharing of devices.

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