Masthead CMC Magazine / February 1, 1996
 The Electronic Colonization of the Pacific, by Spennemann, Birckhead, Green, and Atkinson

Modern Technologies as Empowerment

Yet, a number of indigenous communities who have the requisite resources presently use the Internet to their political advantage by maintaining a community home page, distributing information pertinent to their political struggles and aspirations, and establishing and maintaining links with other well-connected indigenous peoples and their struggles around the world, creating a global consciousness of such peoples, struggles, and issues. This is indeed a positive and creative use of the new technologies which enhances the community and may even promote 'traditional' values and identities. Because the development of material on the Web does not require substantial brick and mortar infrastructure, it allows minorities to project a global presence. A good example is the web set up by the Cape York Land Council in North Eastern Australia. The Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington in the United States also serves as an Internet clearing house of indigenous issues and information of use to various indigenous struggles around the world. --

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