Journal article

Mapping home internet activity during COVID-19 lockdown to identify occupation related inequalities

Cameron Zachreson, Erika Martino, Martin Tomko, Freya M Shearer, Rebecca Bentley, Nicholas Geard



During the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence has accumulated that movement restrictions enacted to combat virus spread produce disparate consequences along socioeconomic lines. We investigate the hypothesis that people engaged in financially secure employment are better able to adhere to mobility restrictions, due to occupational factors that link the capacity for flexible work arrangements to income security. We use high-resolution spatial data on household internet traffic as a surrogate for adaptation to home-based work, together with the geographical clustering of occupation types, to investigate the relationship between occupational factors and increased internet traffic during work hours und..

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Funding Acknowledgements

CZ, NG, and MT were supported by an internal seed grant from the Melbourne School of Engineering, of the University of Melbourne. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of nbn co ltd. who provided access to the internet usage data, and in particular the data expertise and extraction of Michael Joyce, Jason Godden and Neil Sequeira. This publication uses data collected as part of the COVID-19 Attitudes Resilience and Epidemiology (CARE) Study. We would like to acknowledge all of the study participants, and the University of Melbourne and Centre for Ethnicity, Culture and Health staff who helped to make this study possible. We acknowledge the work of the investigator team: Lisa Gibbs, David Price, Katitza Marinkovic Chavez, Niamh Meagher, Lauren Carpenter and Colin MacDougall. The CARE Study was funded by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and the Optimise Study. We thank Tara Purcell for assembling information on Australian national and state COVID-19 response measures. This publication uses data collected from The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. We would like to acknowledge all of the participants and The Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne who made this survey possible.