Projects > Network Sovereignty: Understanding the Social and Political Implications of Tribal Command of Internet Infrastructure

In this project, I investigate how tribal ICT champions command the build-out of Internet infrastructure for reservation communities.

This project reveals three major findings: 1) the histories of ICTs are intertwined with histories of colonization, sovereignty, and self-determination; 2) tribal leaders command the build-out of Internet infrastructure toward the self-governance of their peoples; and 3) the process of network design and deployment embeds these infrastructures within the ongoing negotation of the sovereign rights of tribes within the U.S.

This project also reveals layers of colonial logics shaping studies of ICTs in Native and Indigenous contexts, and identifies the basis of Indigenous sociotechnical visions for Indian Country.

Conceptual Contributions

Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country
2013-2015
Reference: Duarte, M.E. Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country Seattle: University of Washington Press, forthcoming.

Network Sovereignty: Understanding the Implications of Tribal Broadband Networks
2010-2013
Reference: Duarte, M.E. Network Sovereignty: Understanding the Implications of Tribal Broadband Networks, [dissertation] University of Washington, Seattle, 2013.

Network Sovereignty: Building the Infrastructure Toward Intellectual Freedom in Indian Country
2012-2013
Reference: Duarte, M.E. Network Sovereignty: Building the Infrastructure Toward Intellectual Freedom in Indian Country, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 18, 2013.

ICT4Sovereignty: History, Access, and Terrain in the Innovation of ICTs in Native America
2010-2011
Reference: Duarte, M.E. "ICT4Sovereignty: History, Access, and Terrain in the Innovation of ICTs in Native America," Resistance and Technology Roundtable, Association of Internet Researchers, Seattle, Washington, October, 2011.

Pragmatic Contributions

Effective Strategies: Building the Internet in Indian Country
2015
References: Duarte, M.E. Effective Strategies: Building the Internet in Indian Country Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Digital Inclusion in Native Communities Summit, Washington, DC, September 9, 2015.

Co-Chair: Tribal Telecom and Technology Summit. Co-chair: Brian Tagaban. Chandler, Arizona, February 2014.

E-Rate, Intellectual Freedom, Digital Natives: Broadband Internet for Tribal Libraries
2013
Reference: Duarte, M.E. E-Rate, Intellectual Freedom, Digital Natives: Broadband Internet for Tribal Libraries, Washington State Libraries Council, Seattle, WA, May 31, 2013.