[CODATA-international] Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting Indigeneous communities

Tracey P. Lauriault tlauriau at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 21:45:05 EDT 2020


Your intentions are good, but feudalism and colonialism are not the same
thing, and they do not play out the same way across different states, nor
within them.  Indigenous peoples in Canada, First Nations, Metis and Inuit
have their own systems of data sovereignty and there are many others, Prof.
Taylor for one, who have been doing post colonial cartography, counter
cartography and building infrastructure, there is also much data
reclamation and a shift in classification systems and so on.

I might suggest that you defer to the long standing work in this space,
also, "If about us then with us".  If you are to engage in this work, then
you must work with Indigenous peoples and not engage in this work on
people's behalf.


On Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 8:59 AM Suchith Anand <
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> I am working on an article for EthicalGEO [1] on Ethics of Digital
> Feudalism in Location Data  .There are many ethical questions  that arise
> when  Digital Feudalism, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Location Data  intersect
> [2].  Details at
> https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/geospatial-ig/post/ethics-digital-feudalism-gis
> I came across an article on Indigenous Data Sovereignty at
> https://medium.com/technology-solidarity/indigenous-data-sovereignty-in-southeast-asia-with-pyrou-chung-b462db048cfe
> I am interested  to learn more on Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism  affecting
> Indigeneous communities.  There are approximately 476 million Indigenous
> Peoples worldwide, in over 90 countries. Although they make up over 6
> percent of the global population, they account for about 15 percent of the
> extreme poor. They safeguard 80 percent of the world’s remaining
> biodiversity. The land on which they live and the natural resources on
> which they depend are inextricably linked to their identities, cultures,
> livelihoods, as well as their physical and spiritual well-being. I respect
> the kindness, resilience, dignity and strength of indigenous peoples around
> the world.
> As Indigeneous communities play a key role as guardians of forests and
> biodiversity , are there any studies or any articles on the impact of AI
> based GIS/location platforms for Indigeneous communities?
> As some big GIS cloud platform companies/vendors also have verticals in
> the mining industry, oil & gas  etc, are there any ethical guidelines so
> that AI tools and insights developed in forest monitoring, conservation,
> biodiversity projects by AI based platforms are not used by the platform
> vendors for mining projects  in forests in the future?
> How will Digital Feudalism affect the economically poor? Are there any
> ethical guidelines to protect the rights of Indigeneous communities?   Are
> there any studies or any articles on the impact of AI based GIS/location
> platforms for Indigeneous communities? If so, please email me the
> publication details by 10th August 2020  so I can learn more and reference
> them in my article. Thanks.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
> [1] https://ethicalgeo.org
> [2]
> https://www.godan.info/news/ethical-dimensions-digital-feudalism-agriculture
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*Tracey P. Lauriault*

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