Digital Indigenous Democracy

Digital Indigenous Democracy is an experimental project aiming at the innovative use of interactive digital media by remote indigenous communities- Baffin Island Inuit communities. Being aware of global threat to the existence of indigenous languages and to local environments, the project proposes to facilitate interactive media to make the voice of indigenous communities be heard.

This project installs the infrastructure (high-speed internet) in remote indigenous communities. However, it does not simply accelerate the digitization of indigenous culture and are not motivated from the need of the outside, but rather it focuses on the partnership between indigenous peoples and the dominant society. That is, its process is collaborative and democratic. According to the web-site, the common costs for the projects will be generated from membership fees by communities and sponsor organizations. I hope this project succeeds in establishing a democratic model of “indigenizing” technology.

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