[Geo4All] Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting Indigeneous communities

Pyrou Chung pchung at ewmi-odi.org
Mon Jul 27 20:10:51 PDT 2020


Hi Suchith,

I tried to reach out to the IP Geo network some time back but didn't hear
from them. I'll try again.

Additionally this just came to my attention:
https://www.indigenous-ai.net/position-paper

*The position paper on Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence (IP
AI) is a starting place for those who want to design and create AI from an
ethical position that centers Indigenous concerns. It is an attempt to
capture multiple layers of a discussion that happened over 20 months,
across 20 timezones, , during two workshops, and between Indigenous people
(and a few non-Indigenous folks) from diverse communities in Aotearoa,
Australia, North America, and the Pacific.  Our aim is to articulate a
multiplicity of Indigenous knowledge systems and technological practices
that can and should be brought to bear on the ‘question of AI.’ To that
end, rather than being a single unified statement this position paper is a
collection of heterogeneous texts that range from design guidelines to
scholarly essays to artworks to descriptions of technology prototypes to
poetry.*

Regards,
Pyrou

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 9:53 PM Suchith Anand <
Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hi Pyrou,
>
>
> Thank you for sharing these very useful resources. This is very helpful
> for me to learn more on this topic.  I will read the books and links that
> you kindly shared.  I will then email you to discuss more on the article
> and to get your inputs.  I will greatly appreciate your expertise and
> inputs for the article.
>
>
> The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Peoples’ Community of
> Practice might also be of interest. The GEO Indigenous Peoples’ Community
> of Practice  promotes knowledge sharing to improve Indigenous peoples’
> access and inclusion in the development of geospatial tools for sustainable
> natural resource management.  Details at https://geoipcop.org
>
>
> I have also now joined the RDA Indigenous data sovereignty WG so I can
> learn more. Thanks.
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
>
> Suchith
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Pyrou Chung <pchung at ewmi-odi.org>
> *Sent:* 27 July 2020 10:14
> *To:* Suchith Anand <ezasa7 at exmail.nottingham.ac.uk>
> *Cc:* geoforall at lists.osgeo.org <geoforall at lists.osgeo.org>; OSGeo
> Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>; Carroll, Stephanie Russo -
> (stephaniecarroll) <stephaniecarroll at arizona.edu>; Maui Hudson <
> maui.hudson at waikato.ac.nz>
> *Subject:* Re: [Geo4All] Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting
> Indigeneous communities
>
> Hi Suchith,
>
> I think you should start by connecting with the Global Indigenous Data
> Alliance which lists some resources for reference. They published the CARE
> principles <https://www.gida-global.org/care> which outline some ethical
> principles about safeguarding Indigenous data. A couple of books: 1. Indigenous
> Data Sovereignty: Towards an Agenda
> <https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d3799de845604000199cd24/t/5d6f8aae27641800017a9473/1567591089094/Indigenous+Data+Sovereignty+Book.pdf>
> and 2. Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices
> for Environmental Sustainability.
>
> There's also an IDSolv RDA group:
> https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/international-indigenous-data-sovereignty-ig
>
> There is a real conflict with Digital Feudalism and Indigenous peoples
> concepts of land and territory. I've battled with this within our work in
> the Mekong region and it's challenging to find a middle ground. Please
> touch base to discuss this further if you would like, I'd be interested to
> learn more about the approach you intend to take with the article.
>
> Regards,
> Pyrou
>
>
> On Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 3:59 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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