Sociology Speaker Series with Dr. Maggie Walter
Monday, Feb. 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Members of the university community are invited to attend a special guest lecture by Dr. Maggie Walter, Distinguished Professor of Sociology from the University of Tasmania. Dr. Walter’s lecture — Indigenous Data Sovereignty in the Age of Big Data – is part of the Department of Sociology Speaker Series.
The landscape of Indigenous health and other statistics in first world colonised nation states such as Australia and Canada is characterised by two simultaneously occurring data revolutions. One is the emergence of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and its operating mechanism, Indigenous data governance which assert the rights of Indigenous peoples within data ecosystems. The other is the inception of high-powered technologies that underpin the concepts and realities of Big Data and Open Data initiatives. Both hold the potential to deliver significant benefits to Indigenous populations. But as currently constructed, these two data revolutions are incompatible and perhaps irreconcilable. Because while sector reports highlight the potential benefits of Open Data and Big Data, the marginalised social, cultural and political location of Indigenous peoples suggest we will not share equally in these. The risks associated with these technologies, including the appropriation of cultural knowledge and intellectual property and an algorithm driven perpetuation of discrimination and stigma is also unevenly distributed towards Indigenous peoples. This presentation discusses the potential unforeseen (and likely unseen) consequences of open data, big data as well as how Indigenous data sovereignty, as an emerging site of science and activism, can mediate the risks while providing pathways to collective benefits.
Reception to follow in the Nexus Centre, room SN 4022.
Presented by Department of Sociology