How Internet Access Can Preserve Native Cultures

In the U.S. and Canada, rural and remote areas are the hardest to reach and most under-connected. Native communities face unique barriers for connecting to the Internet, which is a powerful tool to preserve cultures and languages; devices and apps can offer local languages, and community members can create their own cultural content. The panel will explore how Internet access can protect native cultures and community engagement can foster connectivity. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges that native people face in different terrains; how are native communities’ problems in the Arctic Circle and the southwest U.S. similar? How can communities learn from each other? The panelists will share their stories and ideas on creating a connected future for native and Indigenous peoples.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Darrah Blackwater

University Of Arizona - Legal

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Mark Buell

Internet Society

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Matthew Rantanen

Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association

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Madeleine Redfern

Nuvujaq Society

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