Research Brief

December 10, 2021

Open Smart City Initiatives as Tools for Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Open North and The Firelight Group

This brief considers key policy components that any Open Smart Community initiatives would need to incorporate and implement into infrastructure design and procedures to protect Indigenous data sovereignty (IDS).

The Open Data Charter states: “Open data is digital data that is made available with the technical and legal characteristics necessary for it to be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone, anytime, anywhere” (Open Data Charter, n.d.).

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