Knowledge Societies and ICTs
The current revolution in information technology and networks, makes communication systems of special importance to indigenous peoples – for sharing, informing and educating, for generating income and reinforcing self-reliance. Indeed, new information and communication technologies (ICTs), with their potential to break through social and geographic obstacles, have considerably increased communities’ capacity to access information and to share experience and practices in almost any part of the world.
However, to use technologies wisely, communication infrastructures must be adapted to the needs and aspirations of the indigenous peoples and to the objectives as defined by them. Promoting the “free flow of ideas by word and image” is one of UNESCO’s constitutional responsibilities, and that charge has been reflected in UNESCO’s programmes since the early days of the Organization.
UNESCO’s principal concerns in this domain include access to content, cultural diversity, freedom of expression, knowledge societies, investments in science and technology, etc. These areas are all of special interest to indigenous peoples.
- ICTs for Intercultural Dialogue: Developing communication capacities of indigenous peoples (ICT4ID)
- Indigenous peoples and Information Society
- ICTs and Indigenous Peoples
- Village-level Documentation and Transmission of Local Environmental Knowledge using online communication tools, Solomon Islands
- Traditional Knowledge of Navigation possessed by Pacific Islands Peoples
- Digital Literacy for Atacama Women
- Mindalae: Recuperando la Memoria Oral del Mindalae Kichwa
- E-inclusion for indigenous people
- Recovering oral memory of Mindalae Otavalo, a universal craftsman and trader
- List of indigenous people's projects supported by the UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)