Digital Indigenous Issues – My Ramblings
Here are some of my ramblings of Digital Colonialism and issues of Indigenous knowledge on the Internet. When I have time, i will expand on these more.
- Digitising Traditional Knowledge is like mining the earth for precious metals. With every scoop of earth there is a void. Eventually there will be no mana or tapu with digital traditional knowledge.
- The Cloud is the next colonial ship in our harbor. Empty promises, confiscating laws and IP theft by governments and corporates.
- Software survives and is as useful as a disabled warrior. Data survives and is as useful as pounamu.
- Hackers are digital warriors. Some defend rights of their people , while others are just criminals.
- Electricity is like water. Once either has gone, there is nothing.
- Radio spectrum and Internet in today’s world are equivalent to digital land.
- We were once concerned about land being confiscated, but now we need to worry about data confiscation.
- ‘Not one more acre‘. 40 years on our leaders need to say “Not one more Terabyte”.
- Iwi are blind to the digital colonialism and confiscation of our traditional knowledge.
- Artificial Intelligence is becoming more and more human like. If we keep digitising whakapapa and karakia, soon technology will recite whakapapa and karakia for humans.
- Siri is based in simple technology meaning that Siri could essentially say any karakia that has been digitised.
- Moko kauae and ta moko are increasingly being photographed by artists and wearers and put on social media. By doing so all IP and copyright is lost. We will see a surge of moko being used in international adverts.
- Racial profiling for directed marketing will soon be an issue with marketers directing sales and adverts that will further effect our culture. Facebook and other social media that offer free games such as “What do you look like” “who do i look like” and the thousands of others merely gather personal information about you that is then used to direct advertising to you.
- Māori statistical data is another form of government and academic digital colonialism. Ticking that you are Maori is not compulsory