October 06, 2020
Maori data use in $6m probe
Researchers at the University of Waikato are looking for ways Māori can benefit from their digital data.
Māui Hudson, Tahu Kukutai and Te Taka Keegan have received $6m over four years from the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund for the Tikanga in Technology project.
They will look at how tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori inform the construction of digital identities and create a better understanding of relational responsibilities to data.
Associate Professor Hudson says poor data leads to poor outcomes in funding and decision making, and can lead to groups using Māori data without giving anything back.
"If they are collecting information that relates to the iwi, then the iwi should give some form of consent or some form of approval for that to be used and there is this element of collective privacy associated with the use of that data. Alongside that, if it's being used to create value, that needs to be shared so what does a collective idea of benefit sharing look like," Associate Professor Hudson says.
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