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We are publishing our press release dated July 11, 2022 that provides detailed information about our plans and our media platform, including our Journal. our main focus has always been to restore the Haldimand Tract to its rightful owners. We have already begun this process and we are now ready to announce it. Read Press Release

Top Level Country Domains on Stolen Lands

Indigenous peoples have always been a part of the virtual community since the internet's inception. The internet's first day was a revolution for sharing new and old ideas, and it helped to bridge the gap between many cultures. Not only has the internet facilitated the formation of friendships, but it has also enabled the same types of colonial practices that Indigenous people have faced in the real world.

Cyber colonialism is a real threat to the free flow of ideas from a specific cultural perspective, in part due to the complexities of indigenous communities obtaining virtual dominion or challenging Top Level Country Domains assigned to recognized members (eg .ca .us .au .nz etc:.). Since the dawn of the internet, colonial governments have staked claims to the virtual domain, using occupied lands as leverage to sell still illegally occupied virtual real estate.

This virtual real estate could be anything from Canada's National Defense websites to small-town Canadian businesses. All of which have a vested interest in suppressing the virtual existence of real-world indigenous populations whose lands they also occupy.

This virtual and real-world encroachment, on the other hand, allows for a one-sided view of the actual story of the people living on these lands, allowing for inherently skewed debate while retaining the arbitrary discretion to digitally archive our cultural data on Canadian and foreign technology.

Additional Information

  • https://www.eff.org/issues/icann
  • https://www.oecd.org/sti/ieconomy/37730629.pdf
  • https://www.taiuru.maori.nz/indigenous-domains/introduction
  • https://www.computerworld.com/article/3567413/overhaul-of-nz-domain-name-system-proposed.html
  • https://books.google.ca/books?id=zHCiDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA60&lpg=PA60

By Benjamin Doolittle UE · June 26, 2022, 4:21 pm · Comments: 1 · RSS · Permalink


Comments: Comments are the heart of our community. They're what make us human. We believe in a place where we all can share ideas, opinions, thoughts, and feelings.

GeoCities was started in November 1994 by David Bohnett and John Rezner, and was named Beverly Hills Internet briefly before being renamed GeoCities.

On October 27, 2009, Yahoo! Inc. shut down the Geocities service, a collection of free webpages with entries and hosted sites dating back to 1995. Along with this shutdown was the destruction of millions of files and history, lost to the dustbin of time.

I can only imagine the way creative people would have used this to upload snippets of cultural knowledge. While the service was being shut down a group of archivists wrote software to download many of the web pages. Fortunately, a few groups had parallel goals and oocities and goocities recovered about 60% of the files.
by Benjamin Doolittle UE @ June 26, 2022, 6:45 pm

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