Indigenous data sovereignty: Challenges and opportunities in Aotearoa NZ

2019-05-15T00:26:13Z (GMT) by Tahu Kukutai
Data is the 21st century’s most valuable resource. Aotearoa NZ is a world leader in linking administrative data, and an early adopter of data-driven policy-making but has yet to develop innovative models of data governance and ethics, value creation and benefit-sharing. Many of the assumptions underpinning Aotearoa NZ’s data ecosystems rest on Anglo-European legal concepts (e.g. individual privacy and ownership) which translate poorly into the big and open data environment. What is needed is a radically different way of conceptualising rights that relate to massive quantities of data. Indigenous data sovereignty (IDSov) marks an important departure from current theory and practice. At the heart of IDSov is the right of indigenous peoples and nations to control the collection, ownership, and application of data about their people, territories, lifeways and natural resources. This talk provides an overview of developments in IDSov with a specific focus on the opportunities and challenges in Aotearoa NZ.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tahu Kukutai (Ngāti Tiipa, Maniapoto, Te Aupōuri) is Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato. Tahu specialises in Māori and indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on official statistics (including census methodologies), Māori population change and Māori identity. She has undertaken research with and for government agencies, hapū, iwi and NGOs. Tahu is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga and is Vice President of the Population Association of New Zealand. She is co-editor (with John Taylor) of Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda (free download on ANU Press website). She was previously a journalist.

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