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The Excelsior Library has held its first Deadly Digital Communities training session for six local ‘Deadly Digital Champions’.

The program is being delivered across Queensland to help close the digital divide in remote and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The six ‘Champions’ are taught valuable technical and digital literacy skills who in turn can share their new skills with their families and community.

The program enables communities to interact in the digital world irrespective of where they live. Its aim is to encourage the use of technologies to access health, social and financial services.

“This is a great program for our indigenous community to tap into the digital world and to dream big,” said Mayor Liz Schmidt.

“There are so many opportunities in the digital space and this program can help build confidence to explore new technologies.

“Participants will learn how to search the internet, pay bills online, send emails, use social media to connect with family and to unlock new opportunities,” said the Mayor.

The program is tailored for the six participates who have each expressed their own training needs. The local Tech Savvy training will teach internet banking, Indigenous family history research, editing skills and maintaining and constructing webpages.

Deadly Digital Communities is an initiative of the State Library of Queensland and Telstra in partnership with Indigenous Knowledge Centres and local councils.

OGG 16 May 2019

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