How Internet Access Can Preserve Native Cultures

Internet Society

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 8:30pm to 10:00pm

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 also discuss the opportunities and challenges that native people face across different terrains; how are native communities’ problems in the Arctic Circle and Hawaii 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.

Moderator: Mark Buell | Regional Vice President, North America, Internet Society


Matthew Rantanen | Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association

Darrah Blackwater | Law Student, Arizona State University

Madeleine Redfern | President, Nuvujaq