Indigenous Identities: Oral, Written Expressions and New Technologies

A UNESCO publication about the 2001 Symposium bearing the same name… Foreword This report summarizes the key issues raised, experiences shared and conclusions reached by participants during the course of four days of speeches and debate. Consensus was facilitated by parallel meetings of the informal Indigenous Caucus working group, whose […]

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What are you doing for World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development?

May 21, 2012: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Cultural diversity is crucial for development The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 2002 and celebrated on 21 May, provides an opportunity for mobilization on the part […]

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Digital Cultural Communication: Enabling new media and co­creation in South­East Asia

Abstract Digital Cultural Communication (DCC) is a new field of research and design which seeks to build a co­creative relationship between the cultural institution and the community by using new media to produce audience­focused cultural interactive experiences (Russo and Watkins 2005). By situating the development of cultural communities within DCC, […]

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Aligning needs and means: On culture, ICT and knowledge in development cooperation

Abstract This paper takes an interdisciplinary view on the societal role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The applied research case discussed in building a global online community of practice for people working on community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). The purpose is to point to some limitations connected with culture […]

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Culture and technology: a study on the 1997 theme

The purpose of this study is to stimulate a reflection on the relationship between culture and technology, and the role of culture in technological development. It also seeks to raise issues pertaining to culture and technology against the background of the World Decade for Cultural Development, which was launched by […]

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Indigenous technology and culture in the technology curriculum

Abstract Since the collapse of apartheid and the first democratic elections of 1994, education in South Africa has undergone fundamental transformation and part of this transformation was the reconstruction of the school curriculum. The new curriculum, known as Curriculum 2005 and developed in 1997, introduced Technology as a new learning […]

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Māori Maps: Gateway to Māori world of Marae

“Māori Maps is a gateway to the Māori world of marae. It aims to take visitors to the gateway of marae around Aotearoa/New Zealand; beyond that point, visitors can make their own interactions with the marae community. Māori Maps assembles information about all the traditional, tribal marae. It does not include […]

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Cultural Issues in the Adoption of Information and Communication Technologies by Indigenous Australians

Abstract This paper investigates cultural issues concerning Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Indigenous Australians. Firstly, it examines whether the low adoption of ICTs by Indigenous Australians derives from a rejection of Western values embodied in the technology. A review of the existing literature shows no evidence for this. Instead, […]

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Taking Ownership: Strengthening Indigenous Cultures and Languages Through the Use of ICTs

Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the world’s population, occupy over 20% of the earth’s landmass, and pursue self – determination and sovereignty in all 73 countries in which they dwell. [3] Technology is a tool, not just a reward, for growth and development. [4] When ICTs are introduced in […]

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Repatriation, Digital Media, and Culture in the Virtual Museum

A presentation by Kate Hennessy. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Many Canadian First Nations and Aboriginal organizations are using digital media to revitalize their languages and assert control over the representation of their cultures. […]

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Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development

Abstract: As our technologies travel to new cultural contexts and our designs and methods engage new constituencies, both our design and analytical practices face significant challenges. We offer postcolonial computing as an analytical orientation to better understand these challenges. This analytic orientation inspires four key shifts in our approach to […]

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Culture as a vector for development?

The source of this excerpt is Mike’s weekly segment (dated February 24, 2011) on Hivos.nl called “The Cultural Weapon”. Excerpt In the last few years, there has been much talk, conferencing, seminars, papers about and celebration of the mantra that “culture is a vector of development”. For example, in Brussels […]

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Colonization and cultural reclamation as seen through the lens of Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn

A reflection on colonization and cultural reclamation as seen through the lens of Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn Imagine a fixed moment in time, suspended, frozen. It is the moment when a tadpole becomes a frog; that point of transformation at which the doors to the past are locked. The object […]

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