Digital Whakapapa and image considerations

Digital Whakapapa and image considerations

Digitising whakapapa records and images of tipuna to be shared on the Internet is increasingly becoming common practice without any discussion about the consequences. Internet protection agencies such as NetSafe have no cultural resources to advise Maori of potential issues. Whakapapa and tipuna images including images of the dead, that are accessed via wifi Internet enters everybody’s body and things such as food, as the […]

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Protecting digital ancestor images

Protecting digital ancestor images

Digitising images of ancestors, taonga and places of cultural value and then sharing the image with whanau and friends on the Internet is common, as it is quick and easy to share with multiple people with just a few clicks of a button. Regularly I see ancestor images at marae being photographed on someones smart phone, likely to be shared on the Internet.  Today most […]

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Keyboard warrior definition

Keyboard warrior definition

The definition of a keyboard warrior is often used by non technically literate people as a derogatory term applied to online trolls/cyberbully and people who are online activists using technology to fight and raise concerns for a cause. Warrior is a term often reserved for elite special forces, learned people of fighting arts and experts of contact sports. The common factor being that to gain the term warrior, […]

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Digital whakapapa, where is it – Digital authorship and founders?

Digital whakapapa, where is it – Digital authorship and founders?

The nature of the web and digital technologies leads Māori ICT organisations, kupu hou creation, Māori related software, web sites and digital tools to by default, ignore whakapapa in the digital world. I have already spoken widely about tikanga in the digital world on my site. Māori stories from many generations ago remind us of the early explorer Kupe, who he was, his whakapapa, and the many […]

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Pokemon Go on the Urupa, Marae – Tapu?

Pokemon Go on the Urupa, Marae – Tapu?

Pokémon is a free location-based augmented reality game played on mobile phones which places creatures called Pokemon that can fight each other at randomly selected places including marae, wahi tapu and Urupa. Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment with a computer or other animation that can be seen via a device. At this stage there is no information […]

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Digital colonialism and the hidden issues for Maori today

Digital colonialism and the hidden issues for Maori today

One of the most remote Māori communities in Aotearoa gets broadband Internet says Te Karere. I suspect this will have a number of cultural implications that has yet to be considered. Ruatahuna is not unique for this as it has happened numerous times in rural and urban areas by non Māori organisations and government pushing technology into communities with no understanding about tikanga or community needs. In […]

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