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Information colonial hypothesis and indigenous peoples


Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-03-29 01:52:00 viewed: 506


The information colonial hypothesis combines ideas from postcolonial theory and information systems theories.  The information colonial hypothesis is an assumption that information technology participates in social injustice and marginalization of segments of societies.  The information colonial hypothesis also postulates that information technology also widens economic inequities in society.  To evaluate the information colonial hypothesis an exploration of postcolonial theory provides some preview of the effects of colonization on a society.  Parlee (2015) studies the marginalization of indigenous people in resource rich regions of the world.  Richmond and Cook (2016) describe how education and media can perpetuate systems of injustice in health inequities.  Corbett (2013) explains how independence can create an institutional architecture that are undercut by donor funded schemes that continue colonial practices.



Corbett, J. (2013). Between crisis and persistence: Interpreting democracy narratives in the Pacific Islands. Political Science, 65(2), 198-215. doi:10.1177/0032318713507208

Parlee, B. L. (2015). Avoiding the resource curse: Indigenous communities and Canada’s oil sands. World Development, 74, 425-436. doi:

Richmond, C. A. M., & Cook, C. (2016). Creating conditions for Canadian aboriginal health equity: the promise of healthy public policy. Public Health Reviews, 37(1), 2. doi:10.1186/s40985-016-0016-5



Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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