Stephen Downes

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Maori Data Governance Model

Jun 30, 2023

There's a ton of useful ideas and concepts in this document (45 page PDF) describing data governance and ethics from a Maori perspective. It hinges on this idea: "Data is often described as the world's most valuable resource – a commodity to be extracted, used and reused. By contrast, Maori data is a taonga tuku iho – an ancestral gift – which requires active protection and careful nurturing for the benefit of individuals and collectives, now and in the future." This resistance to an extractive model of data governance is also essential to the The Canadian First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP) of First Nations data, which the report cites. It means, in essence, a separate sphere of Indigenous data management outside the sphere - and jurisdiction - of the crown. This model - indigenous data sovereignty - is something that might usefully be considered for cultures and societies generally.

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