The Digital Review of Asia-Pacific (2003-2006)


  • Lelia Green Edith Cowan University, Australia



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This is a subjective view of the experience of contributing to the Digital Review of Asia-Pacific. Participation in this process, from 2003-6, permitted a unique opportunity to share perspectives across a wide range of cultural, technological and economic settings. As the Australian author I found myself responding in unexpected ways to the information being offered by other national representatives. For example, the human rights implications of some restrictions by nation-states in the Asia-Pacific were keenly felt by all group members, but could not be mentioned in ways that explicitly criticised the authorities concerned. In many nations of the Asia-Pacific the issue is not only one of content-produced in local languages, but also one of having the appropriate fonts in which to produce local content. Finally, the same technology, such as wireless broadband, is being used for very different purposes in different countries. This article reflects critically upon the value of an intensive and personal exposure to a range of different countries and cultures united in a geo-political global region but with such a wide divergence of political, social, economic, technological and religious identities.

Author Biography

Lelia Green, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Professor of communications in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia. She has a background in psychology and an extensive record of Australian Research Council-funding – including being first Chief Investigator on a major research project on the Internet in Australian family life (2002-5). She is also a Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Creative Industries and Innovation. Since 2003, Lelia has been the ‘Australia’ chapter author for the part-United Nations Development Programme-funded Digital Review of Asia Pacific, and was first author for a collaborative chapter on ‘Social, political and cultural aspects of ICTs: E-governance, popular participation and international politics’ (2005/6). Lelia’s major theoretical contribution is Communication, Technology and Society (2002, Sage), and she has written or co-written over fifty refereed articles and papers including topics such as Internet pornography and adolescents; Teenagers and fanfiction, and Computer gamers and LANing culture.




How to Cite

Green, L. (2008). The Digital Review of Asia-Pacific (2003-2006). Observatorio (OBS*), 2(1).