The Expression of Power in ICT's Knowledge Enterprise: An Empirical Illustration of Computing's Colonial Impulse

Richard Canevez, Carleen Maitland, Soundous Ettayebi, James Shaw, Charlene Everson, Matthew Rantanen

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Abstract

ICT globalization continues to spread hardware, software, and accompanying technologies, so too does knowledges and trainings on those ICTs. This knowledge migration process has been linked by scholars to a 'colonial impulse' inherent in computing as a knowledge enterprise, which incorporates into broader colonizing forces. Through simultaneous explorations of dual case studies with a tribal ISP in California and an educational organization that works with indigenous First Nations communities in British Columbia, we depict how power circulates in this process, both empowering and disempowering communities. We then offer a brief argument for the need to foreground methods and approaches to disentangling these contradicting forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450387620
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 17 2020
Event2020 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2020 - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Duration: Jun 17 2020Jun 20 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference2020 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2020
Country/TerritoryEcuador
CityGuayaquil
Period6/17/206/20/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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