[OSGeo-Discuss] Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting Indigeneous communities
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sat Jul 25 10:59:40 PDT 2020
I am working on an article for EthicalGEO  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 . Details at
I came across an article on Indigenous Data Sovereignty at
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.
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