Journal article

Libraries as redistributive technology: From capacity to culture in Queensland's public library network

Danielle Wyatt, Scott Mcquire, Danny Butt



Australia is currently rolling out one of the most expensive and ambitious infrastructure projects in the nation’s history. The National Broadband Network is promoted as a catalyst for far-reaching changes in Australia’s economy, governmental service provision, society and culture. However, it is evident that desired dividends, such as greater social engagement, enhanced cultural awareness and increased civic and political participation, do not flow automatically from mere technical connection to the network. This article argues that public institutions play a vital role in redistributing technological capacity to enable emerging forms of social and cultural participation. In particular, we ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The research upon which this article is based was commissioned by the State Library of Queensland. This article also draws on some materials and conceptual frameworks developed in the course of the Discovery Project Participatory Public Space: A Right to the Networked City (DP120102664) funded by the Australian Research Council.