Can Technology Benefit Traditional Cultures?

By IGI Global on Feb 24, 2012
New technology has allowed the amount of information in the world to increase rapidly and exponentially. Despite the new data being constantly recorded in databases, Web sites, and social networks, some of the world's information is still disappearing. A language dies every 14 days, according to National Geographic's Web site. "By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain," the Web site also states.

Despite this frightening scenario, language and many other important aspects of indigenous cultures can benefit from technology. New technologies present ways to document and preserve language and culture. Technology also presents ways for indigenous people to renew their communities economically and socially.

Information Technology and Indigenous PeopleFor students in the fields of global studies, public administration, political science, and information and communication technologies, now is the time to begin learning about these important issues. One timely reference that professors have turned to for the purpose of educating their students is Information Technology and Indigenous People, edited by Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Max Hendriks, and Stephen Grant, all of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Indigenous people around the world are becoming more interested in information technology because of the many benefits that technology can provide, including cultural preservation and community improvement. The high cost of implementing many advantageous technologies, in addition to the geographic isolation of and lack of computer literacy within many traditional culture communities, has, however, made adoption of these technologies difficult.

Information Technology and Indigenous People provides theoretical and empirical information related to the planning and execution of IT projects aimed at serving indigenous people. It explores many cultural concerns with IT implementation, including language issues and questions of cultural appropriateness, and brings together cutting-edge research from both indigenous and non-indigenous scholars. To learn more about this publication, please visit

Information Technology and Indigenous People is just one of many excellent publications available to U.S.- and Canadian-based professors through IGI Global's valuable course adoption program. If you are interested in reviewing a copy of this book or another IGI Global publication, please visit the course adoption site to request your free examination copy today! Should you decide to adopt the book after reviewing it, IGI Global is also pleased to provide you with a complimentary desk copy of the book and competitive discounts for your students under the terms outlined on the course adoption site.

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