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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Ethnographers for digital Maori world?

Ethnographers for digital Maori world?

The digital age has many unknown consequences for Māori culture and history. I question if we need to be our own ethnographers in this rapidly changing digital world? Writing whakapapa or other important information for future generations in the sand at the low tide mark with no other record verbal or written is similar to writing a message on the Internet/Web with no paper or non electronic version. We […]

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Māori activism and hidden achievements in New Zealand’s Internet Domain Name System

Māori activism and hidden achievements in New Zealand’s Internet Domain Name System

For over 20 years up till 2017,  Māori fought for the right to be to be fairly represented in the New Zealand Internet Domain Name System and to a lesser extent for recognition within the New Zealand Internet governing body InternetNZ, in an act of Māori activism. A simple right that most people take for granted. These pages discuss Indigenous Domain Names or Māori Domain Names that were […]

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Cultural analysis of Emotiki app and why it could be offensive

Cultural analysis of Emotiki app and why it could be offensive

Emotiki contains a number of culturally unsafe issues: the satirical use of a Polynesian deity Tiki, Tame Iti and the use of his face and tā moko without permission (only in release 1, despite their denial to Te Kaea Maori Television, here is a live link to the web archive), several other possible ethical and tikanga issues including possible Intellectual Property infringements.   Some Māori find it intolerable […]

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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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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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Māori Data Sovereignty: Utopia or feasible?

Māori Data Sovereignty: Utopia or feasible?

Recently I was asked what my long term vision of Māori Data Sovereignty would look like. Interestingly this was asked at a Māori Data Sovereignty hui where: Facebook is used to promote the group, despite Facebook claiming all IP and ownership of anything you share on it 1. By using Facebook, all New Zealand laws including the Privacy Act 1993 are not applicable. It is […]

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Māori Data Sovereignty: A definition

Māori Data Sovereignty: A definition

Data sovereignty. Data sovereignty is the concept that information/Data which has been converted and stored in digital form is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located. Data sovereignty is a person’s right to control access to, and disclosure of their own personal data. Many of the current concerns that surround data sovereignty relate to enforcing privacy regulations and preventing data […]

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