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The promises and challenges of the AI and digital environment for Indigenous peoples' sovereign futures 
Annick Thomassin (The Australian National University)
Karen Soldatic (Toronto Metropolitan University)
Kim Spurway (Western Sydney University)
Janet Hunt (Australian National University)
Alicia Johnson (Sydney University)
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Tuesday 7 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Indigenous knowledge applications, digital mapping and storytelling platforms have become important tools for Indigenous groups to reinscribe their philosophies and lifeways in the landscape. This panel explores the opportunities and challenges linked with such technologies for Indigenous futures.

Long Abstract:

Over the last decades, there have been a multiplicity of Indigenous knowledge and environmental stewardship applications, open-source collaborative GIS mapping tools and digital storytelling platforms. These technologies have opened new spaces for Indigenous peoples and their allies to perform their sovereignty by taking the lead in producing data, maps and digital material that support their own life projects. These tools have increasingly been used to reinscribe Indigenous contemporary presence, knowledges, values, lifeways, placenames, languages and stories across land and seascapes. They are also useful to support the revitalisation of environmental stewardship practices, relationships and responsibilities towards Indigenous territories, as well as understandings and approaches to climate change and natural 'disasters', while enabling Indigenous peoples to draw the contours of the futures they wish to see unfold for their territories and communities.

For this panel, we are seeking contributions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and partner communities whose work explores the opportunities and various challenges (including ontological, social and ethical considerations) emerging from the digital and artificial intelligence environment for the actualisation of Indigenous projects. We are also encouraging contributions that reflect on the ways such technologies have been used or can be used to foster a shift in the relationships that non-Indigenous peoples have with the lands, waters, seas and the non-human entities with whom they share these environments.

This panel will take a hybrid format combining short paper presentations followed by a discussion period during which the panel members will exchange ideas on key themes emerging from the presentations.

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Session 1 Tuesday 7 June, 2022, -