In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly determined that affordable Internet access is a human right, critical to citizen participation in democratic governments. Given the significance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to social and political life, many U.S. tribes and Native organizations have created their own projects, from streaming radio to building networks to telecommunications advocacy. In Network Sovereignty, Marisa Duarte examines these ICT projects to explore the significance of information flows and information systems to Native sovereignty, and toward self-governance, self-determination, and decolonization.
By reframing how tribes and Native organizations harness these technologies as a means to overcome colonial disconnections, Network Sovereignty shifts the discussion of information and communication technologies in Native communities from one of exploitation to one of Indigenous possibility.
About the Author
Marisa Elena Duarte is assistant professor of justice and sociotechnical change with the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Network Thinking 9
Chapter 2 Reframing ICTs in Indian Country 26
Chapter 3 The Overlap between Technology and Sovereignty 33
Chapter 4 Sociotechnical Landscapes 52
Chapter 5 Internet for Self-Determination 89
Chapter 6 Network Sovereignty 104
Chapter 7 Decolonizing the Technological 122
What People are Saying About This
Network Sovereignty is an elegant, clear-headed, and complex account of information and communication technologies across Indian Country.
Duarte shows that tribal ownership and use of information and communication technologies has the potential to deepen the meaning and experience of tribal sovereignty, serving as a means to undermine colonialism.
The strength of Network Sovereignty is when the stories capture examples of sovereignty and technology in action.
Network Sovereigntyis a lively, smart, deeply researched account of how Indigenous peoples are realizing the potential of their inherent political status and the relevance of their cultural knowledge in the rapidly changing world of social networks and information technology.
Duarte ably illustrates how the sovereignty of Native peoples extends beyond their self-identity and governance to their use and adaptation of contemporary information communication technologies in ways that support indigenous worldviews.
In Network Sovereignty, Duarte looks at the psychological and philosophical implications of the colonization of Indigenous peoples in a technological age. She provides accessible and relevant examples of American Indians searching for ways to use new technologies to address very real social, cultural, and political challenges.