SXSW 2020

How Internet Access can Preserve Native Cultures


In the U.S. and Canada, rural and remote areas are the hardest to reach and most under-connected. Native communities face unique barriers for connecting to the internet, which is a powerful tool to preserve cultures and languages; devices and apps can offer local languages, and community members can create their own cultural content. The panel will explore how internet access can protect native cultures and community engagement can foster connectivity. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges that native people face in different terrains; how are native communities’ problems in the Arctic Circle and the southwest U.S. similar? How can communities learn from each other? The panelists will share their stories and ideas on creating a connected future for native and Indigenous peoples.

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  1. How can broadband access help tribal and Indigenous communities maintain their cultures and languages?
  2. How are the challenges faced by Indigenous communities in different terrains similar and different, and how can they learn from each other?
  3. How can we ensure that an Indigenous community can participate in an increasingly digital world through broadband access and internet infrastructure?



Katie Jordan, Sr Policy Advisor, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Politics
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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