IWCD145: The Tongan Philosopher & Ha'amonga
So two days ago, I was invited to speak on a pre-recorded panel about indigenous tech and data sovereignty around the South Pacific.
In a panel talk with some indigenous + tech experts across the South Pacific.
Discussing "data sovereignty."
Representing New Zealand (Māori), New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa, and Tuvalu.
Look forward to connecting with more!
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It gave me all the feels because it reminded me of how important this topic is - bringing power and strength back to South Pacific peoples.
As I heard from the other panelists - who were experts in AI, digital twins, metaverse, etc. - it made me feel so proud of the region's future.
But as a result of this 2-hour talk, I ended up revisiting some old goals and ideas. Going back as far as 2012, when I was building "cultural animation" projects.
With the introduction of NFTs, we've seen a surge in creativity + tech. Islanders have a lot of creativity (they love their music, dancing, and now even TikTok 😂).
And with the increase in Internet connectivity, they have opportunities to earn more online and not feel so isolated economically due to geographic location.
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