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Indigital CEO Mikaela Jade will represent at the Indigenous Digital Technology dialogue at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Hawaii this September. The IUCN World Conservation Congress occurs every four years, and will define the sustainable path for moving 2015's historic climate and sustainable development agreements into action.
Mikaela will be discussing opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in developing and using digital technologies in ways that complement and build upon their community vision. She will also showcase her company’s mobile augmented reality app Digital Rangers as a tangible case study for ethical digitalisation that promotes Indigenous economic development and cultural conservation.
"The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (the Declaration) is an important document, however because it was adopted in 2007 before anyone had a smartphone in their hands, it specifically lacks articles directly related to the use of Information and Communication Technologies by, with or for Indigenous Peoples" said Mikaela.
Much of the digital technology currently used in Indigenous territories does not satisfy existing articles within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples such as mandatory ‘free, prior and informed consent’.
Jade has worked hard for the past 3 years to ensure her company Indigital observes the articles in the Declaration and leads by example when working with Indigenous communities and new technologies including storing data with the world’s only Indigenous owned Cloud network, Nallawilli.
"The session at the IUCN Congress will focus on the advantages of using newly available digital tools, such as drones, smart phones, GIS to map and monitor indigenous territories from illegal activities, but also the threats and challenges that accompany their use when taken into the wrong hands" she said.
Issues of access, use, ownership, consent and intellectual property rights are at the centre of this debate. Therefore there is a need to provide a framework to address these issues through a specific platform at the international level. The session in Hawaii will focus on ways to achieve this that complements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“I’m very proud to be able to discuss our Indigital experience at this important congress, and have Indigital sponsor this dialogue together with Tribal Link and the GEF Small Grants Programme” says Mikaela.
** Contributions of Indigenous digital case studies are welcome. If you have an Indigenous-led digital technology project and would like to showcase what you are doing at the session please contact Mikaela at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
For further information about the IUCN World Conservation Congress please see https://portals.iucn.org/congress/session/12630