Challenges Faced in Overcoming Indigenous Digital Divide in Brazil

This paper’s objective is to identify the level of digital inclusion made possible by Brazilian digital divide program Electronic Government – Citizen Attention Service (Governo Eletrônico – Serviço de Atendimento ao Cidadão – Gesac) on indigenous lands. We are guided by Brazilian sociologist Bernardo Sorj’s five level digital inclusion system: […]

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Innovation and Technology for Indigenous Peoples

Excerpt Information and communications technology (ICT) is transformative economically, socially, and politically. Evidence of this transformation can be seen in the dramatic spread of ICT globally and near universal usage in both developing and developed countries. Indeed, ICT is everywhere, with its widest manifestations including computer, multimedia, and Internet technologies […]

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Ethnography Beyond Text and Print: How the digital can transform ethnographic expressions

Excerpt I’m not advocating for abolishing academic book publishing. Others have and have discussed the economic and ideological structure that supports academic publishing and valorizes the monograph.) Instead, I want to make room for a serious consideration of ethnographic expressions that are not strictly based in text, either in the […]

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Technologies of Indigeneity: Indigenous Collective Identity Narratives in Online Communities

This thesis examines contemporary constructions of collective indigenous identity. It specifically focuses on the offline and online interactions among the members of Bibaknets, an online community for indigenous peoples from the highlands of the Cordillera Region, Philippines. The study explores the relational and positional nature of collective indigenous identity as […]

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Digital leisure for development: Reframing new media practice in the global south

Photoshopping of newlyweds, downloading the latest movies, teens flirting on social network sites and virtual gaming may seem like typical behavior in the West; yet in the context of a village in Mali or a slum in Mumbai, it is seen as unusual and perhaps an anomaly in their new […]

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GINKS: ICT4D Seminars and Fora

GINKS as part of its activity organize regular ICT4D Seminars and Fora based on our thematic areas (ICT and Education, ICT and Health, ICT and Youth, ICT and Gender and ICT and Agric). These activities are knowledge sharing events aim at educating and motivating best practices so far as ICT4D […]

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Keeping Country: a web-based approach to Indigenous outreach in cultural heritage management

Cultural heritage management (CHM) of Indigenous places is the dominant area of professional practice in Australian archaeology, yet relatively few Indigenous Australians take up a career in the sector. The internet is providing new and effective avenues for Indigenous outreach programmes. This paper describes a self-contained, web-enabled, free-to-user cultural heritage […]

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Indigenous Rights and Social Media – a Sámi example

This blog post discusses indigenous uses of social media with the example of resistance against exploitation of the land and its raw materials in Swedish Sápmi – the cultural homeland of the Sámi, indigenous people of Europe. A growing conflict in Gállok was in the news in the summer of […]

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Indigenous Tweets, Visible Voices & Technology

Indigenous Tweets, Visible Voices & Technology from Kara Andrade UNESCO estimates that of the 6,000 current languages spoken today, more than half will be extinct by the start of the next century, adding that “with the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity will lose not only a cultural wealth, […]

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The Impact of Cultural Assumptions about Technology on Choctaw Heritage Preservation and Sharing

Abstract Neither the effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on culture nor the cultural roles of ICT are widely understood, particularly among marginalized ethno-cultures and indigenous people. One theoretical lens that has received attention outside of Native American studies is the theory of Information Technology Cultures, or “IT Culture,” […]

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Preserving the Voice of Vanishing Cultures

Excerpt Chris Rainier has spent three decades photographing ancient cultures, often in places that cartographers have labeled uncharted, among “peoples from the past who were living in the present.” As he has repeatedly returned to New Guinea, South America and Africa, he has witnessed an onslaught of global American culture […]

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Digital Preservation Technology for Cultural Heritage

“Digital Preservation Technology for Cultural Heritage” discusses the technology and processes in digital preservation of cultural heritage. It covers topics in five major areas: Digitization of cultural heritage Digital management in the cultural heritage preservation Restoration techniques for rigid solid relics Restoration techniques for paintings Digital museums It also includes […]

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Chasing Two Rabbits at Once: Balancing Indigenous Practices with Modern Skills

An excerpt from thecultureist.com: Sarah Tucker [is] a World Learning alum from SIT’s study abroad program in Cameroon and the founder of Two Rabbits. Two Rabbits works to improve access to education for the Baka, Cameroon’s highly marginalized indigenous forest population. Today, the Baka’s forest is disappearing. Traditionally, they have […]

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Indigenous People, WSIS, and Emerging Uses of ICTs: Executive Summary

Introduction During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Indigenous Peoples called for their full and effective participation in the Information Age on their own terms. While implementation of the WSIS Plan of Action has been limited, there are many examples of Indigenous Peoples creatively engaging Information and Communications […]

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Narrating Aboriginality On-Line: Digital Storytelling, Identity and Healing

Introduction In Taking Back Our Spirits , Jo-Ann Episkenew (2009) writes of the significance of indigenous literature as a “medicine” in healing the wounds of “colonial contagion.” This healing process, according to Episkenew, is articulated through the spoken and written words of Aboriginal writers. These counter-narratives challenge what she terms the master […]

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Mobile Technologies for Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge in Rural Communities

In this paper we explore the opportunities of mobile technologies in three of our own development endeavors with rural communities, promoting the preservation of indigenous knowledge. We reflect upon and recognize the fact that the representation of indigenous knowledge will be transformed within the digitalization process under the limitations and […]

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Building Human-Centered Design into ICT4D Projects

An interview with Danny Alexander and Sean Hewens of IDEO.org Originally published on the Best Practice in ICT4D: A Conversation blog Sean Hewens is knowledge manager and in-house counsel at IDEO.org. He oversees IDEO.org’s mission to spread human-centered design throughout the social sector. In his role as Knowledge Manager, Sean […]

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Digital Storytelling – Using a Participatory Approach

Spider ICT4D Seminar: Digital Storytelling – Using a Participatory Approach from SPIDERCENTER on Vimeo. Storytelling is an ancient human activity. In many cultures, people use stories to make sense of their world and to pass knowledge on to future generations, parents teach their children values and understanding of the world […]

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Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

From ted.com: Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing […]

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New technology maps Inuit knowledge: “A profound tool for reversing discrimination”

OTTAWA — About 25 kilometres southeast of Arctic Bay, on the northern shore of Adams Sound, there is a place called Qajuutinnguaq. It means “Hill shaped like a chisel.” You wouldn’t find it on most official maps because official maps of Nunavut contain huge swaths of unnamed land. And most […]

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Can the digital age save the Cherokee language?

Phil Cash Cash, who runs the Indigenous Language and Technology listserv at the University of Arizona, sent this out today… Can the digital age save the Cherokee language? The halls of Facebook, Google and texting Written by Becky Johnson, published on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 [source] Excerpt: “Susan Gathers was […]

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Workshop: Digital Media for Speakers of Endangered Languages in Latin America

Originally posted on rising.globalvoicesonline.org by Eddie Avila on 30 November 2012 Rising Voices Note: Rising Voices is pleased to be collaborating with this upcoming event in early 2013. This is a translation of the original website in Spanish at the Living Tongues blog. Enduring Voices: Digital Media Workshop for Speakers of Endangered Languages in […]

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