Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet across Indian Country

Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet across Indian Country

by Marisa Elena Duarte


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Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet across Indian Country by Marisa Elena Duarte

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295741826
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 06/08/2017
Series: Indigenous Confluences Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,284,172
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 3

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

Conclusion 141

Notes 145

Glossary 161

Bibliography 173

Index 185

What People are Saying About This

Kim TallBear

Network Sovereignty is an elegant, clear-headed, and complex account of information and communication technologies across Indian Country.

Andrew Needham

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.

Mark Trahant

The strength of Network Sovereignty is when the stories capture examples of sovereignty and technology in action.

Robert Warrior

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.

Loriene Roy

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.

Ken Coates

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.

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