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Rachael Petersen

Rachael Petersen is a 2012-2013 Thomas J. Watson Fellow investigating indigenous peoples’ use of technology as a tool to further their rights in five different regions: the Canadian Arctic, the Ecuadorian and Brazilian Amazon, Borneo Malaysia and the Australian Outback. She is also an author for Global Voices. Follow her research and travels at www.globalnativenetworks.com.

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CLC 2014: Coding for Language Communities

"Can the Subaltern code?" CIDLeS Summer School 2014: Coding for Language Communities, a conference that aims to give everyone the ability to engage digital spaces in their mother tongues.

OpenDyslexic: the Font Designed to Make Reading Easier

Recognizing the difficulties dyslexic readers face every day, OpenDyslexic is an open sourced font recently developed, helping to make the Internet more accessible to those suffering from this neurological condition.

An Unashamed Inuk, Rising Indigenous Pop Star

Inuktitut singer Kelly Fraser says, "It’s hard to explain that I’m working to save the Inuit language... No matter what people say, no matter what we’re doing, a lot of...

Aboriginal Australians Create Online Hand Sign Dictionary

Iltyem-Iltyem, meaning "signaling with hands" in the Anmatyerr language, is a women-led project collecting hundreds of videos from four Aboriginal communities, documenting sign language which has been used for generations...

Zapoteco Community Launches Autonomous Cellular Network

A rural indigenous village in the mountains of Oaxaca teams up with the NGO Rhizomatica to form the first autonomous, community-run cellular network in the world. The project, Dizha Kieru,...

Soap Operas for Cultural Preservation: Mexico's First Indigenous Telenovela

A new telenovela debuts in Mexico - and for the first time, in an indigenous language. Baktún tells the story of Jacinto, a young Maya man who must face the...

Crowd-Sourcing Translations: Your Video Game in Inuktitut

The company Pinnguaq helped crowd-sourced a translation of the videogame Osmos into indigenous Inuit language. "These kids were not hearing the language they speak at home and at school in...

Summit Addresses Indigenous Digital Divide in Australia

The Indigenous Digital Excellences Agenda Summit took place at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, Australia this past June. Around forty emerging and established indigenous thought-leaders from around...

iDecolonize: A Review of Indigenous Language-Learning Apps

Want to converse with the Inuit in their native tongue or greet a Maori man in the proper way? There's an app for that... A review of many new, colourful,...