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Suchith Anand

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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Re: Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting Indigeneous communities

Pyrou Chung
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 which outline some ethical principles about safeguarding Indigenous data. A couple of books: 1. Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Towards an Agenda and 2. Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability. 


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 <[hidden email]> 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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Suchith Anand

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






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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 which outline some ethical principles about safeguarding Indigenous data. A couple of books: 1. Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Towards an Agenda and 2. Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability. 


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 <[hidden email]> 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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Re: Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting Indigeneous communities

Charles Schweik-2
Hi Suchith,

Maybe not directly what you are looking for, but anthropologist Jane Anderson at NYU has worked much on Indigenous people's intellectual property rights. See http://www.jane-anderson.info/

Cheers
Charlie Schweik




On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 7:53 AM Suchith Anand <[hidden email]> 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 <[hidden email]>
Sent: 27 July 2020 10:14
To: Suchith Anand <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>; OSGeo Discussions <[hidden email]>; Carroll, Stephanie Russo - (stephaniecarroll) <[hidden email]>; Maui Hudson <[hidden email]>
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 which outline some ethical principles about safeguarding Indigenous data. A couple of books: 1. Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Towards an Agenda and 2. Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability. 


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 <[hidden email]> 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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Re: Ethical issues of Digital Feudalism affecting Indigeneous communities

Pyrou Chung
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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 <[hidden email]> 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 <[hidden email]>
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To: Suchith Anand <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>; OSGeo Discussions <[hidden email]>; Carroll, Stephanie Russo - (stephaniecarroll) <[hidden email]>; Maui Hudson <[hidden email]>
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 which outline some ethical principles about safeguarding Indigenous data. A couple of books: 1. Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Towards an Agenda and 2. Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability. 


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 <[hidden email]> 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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