February 25, 2024

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Protecting the Data Rights of NZ’s Māori and Indigenous People

Global Indigenous Data Alliance

Data is now considered to be one of the key enablers behind many of today’s big tech companies.

Billions of internet users each year produce vast amounts of data that is consumed, analysed and monetised by businesses that have embraced the big data era.

Together with the continued growth of the value of data, however, are the growing concerns that people have around data and its uses.

According to a recent press release, Māori and Indigenous people world-wide consider data as a taonga, or something that is highly prized.

There is growing concern among Indigenous communities that use of their data by external parties could lead to stigmatisation as well as cultural harm.

Global Indigenous Data Alliance

Two researchers from New Zealand’s University of Waikato have realised this, and are helping to pioneer a global initiative that seeks to restore control of data to Indigenous people.

Professor Tahu Kukutai and Associate Professor Maui Hudson recently aided the launch of the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA).

This provides an international forum for Indigenous people to collectively progress their goals for data sovereignty and data governance.

As a first step, GIDA has published its CARE Principles, which aims to provide the first international framework for the ethical use of Indigenous data.

CARE stands for Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility and Ethics.

Significance of the Initiative

GIDA is a step forward to ensuring Māori have rights and ownership to information that is considered sacred.

Data sovereignty has been a topic of importance among Māori for some time.

By ensuring that the Māori people have rights and ownership to their own data, they can continue to have a say in matters that are about and for them.

Having limited access to data can affect Māori when it comes to taonga species. An example of that is genomic data or DNA about organisms, which are of importance to Māori.

Māori communities agree to work on projects that generate genomic data for conservation purposes, but that data is made available across the globe.

When other people access the data for commercial purposes, there are no mechanisms to ensure Māori communities get to benefit from it.

Māori data sovereignty reinforces Māori rights and interests in data which necessitates their involvement in decisions about appropriate governance, access and use.

In terms of understanding what Māori data is, it is explained as information or knowledge in a digital form that is about or from Māori people, their language, culture, resources or environments, regardless of who controls it.

As data integration and data sharing increases, the issue of consent becomes ever more important.

Free, prior and informed consent should underpin the collection and use of all data from or about Māori. Less defined types of consent must be balanced by stronger governance arrangements.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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