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Towards an Indigenous vision for the Information Society

  • Kenneth Deer
  • Ann-Kristin Håkansson
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 161)

Abstract

The very concept of the “Information Society” is a cultural expression, originating in the context of the evolution of the industrial into a “post-industrial” world. Accordingly, its core elements - knowledge, information, communication and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - are in fact culturally defined practices. However, the global approach of the evolving Information Society in an advancing Network Age makes these transformations a global issue. Societies with a different cultural, social and/or economic background, such as many Indigenous Peoples around the globe, are already affected by its dynamics — so far largely without being part of developing its philosophies or applications. To become truly global, and to avoid a new level of assimilation, colonization and marginalization, Indigenous Peoples must be equal partners in building the Information Society. Thus, the “Information Society for All” will have to embrace Indigenous concepts and visions in both its general conceptions and its implementations.

Key words

culture Digital Divide ethics indigenous peoples traditional knowledge 

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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Deer
    • 1
  • Ann-Kristin Håkansson
    • 1
  1. 1.Kahnawake Mohawk TerritoryIndigenous Media NetworkCanada

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