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Data Colonialism, Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Applying 7 Generations Thinking to Technology

– PSA Today

  • Podcast
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Seth Goldstein (PSA Today) and Kaliya Young (PSA Today)
  • 13 November 2020

A podcast interview with Jeff Doctor, strategist at Animikii Indigenous Technology

In this interview with Kaliya Young and Seth Goldstein, Doctor details indigenous populations’ experiences with data, explaining how their exclusion from datasets causes vast amounts of harm to their livelihoods.

“If you don’t have data it’s often very difficult to make policy decisions, to make governance decisions, to determine how you delegate resources or how you should manage land.”

The interview explores the idea of data sovereignty, and looks at alternatives to the view of data as a resource like oil to be extracted, which Doctor notes is a colonialist attitude.

You have to recognise when your data systems are racist, when they are inherently oppressive, when they don’t provide access to people’s rights or render people invisible. We have to learn to deconstruct all that harm and replace it with something that’s simply better

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