Unlike Us #2: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives
Session 6: Social Media Activism and the Critique of Liberation Technology
Philipp Budka (AT) - Indigenous cyber activism: the case of K-Net and MyKnet.org in northwestern Ontario, Canada
Conference Day 2: March 10 2012 Amsterdam, 15.45 – 17.30
In 1994 the Kuhkenah Network (K-Net, knet.ca/), a tribal council initiative, started to connect people in the remote region of northwestern Ontario, Canada, through digital communication technologies. It started with a simple bulletin board system and now includes the construction and support of a whole broadband internet infrastructure. This infrastructure allowed for the creation of services that have become widely popular among First Nation people, from telemedicine and online learning to free webspace. One of those services is MyKnet.org (myknet.org/) which provides free personal homepages, particularly for the youth. Those homepages can be understood as local representations of indigenous cultures, lives and identities within the world wide web. This paper discusses K-Net and MyKnet.org as agents of an indigenous cyber or digital activism that aims to change living conditions in the region’s remote and isolated communities.