Announcing our 2021 keynotes!

We are thrilled to announce our Access 2021 keynote speakers! 

Opening Keynote – October 18th at 12:00pm PST / 3pm EST.

Jonathan Dewar, PhD,has spent most of his 20+ year career directing research and knowledge translation initiatives on behalf of Indigenous-governed NGOs. Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from French-Canadian, Scottish-Canadian, and Huron-Wendat grandparents, and received a doctorate from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where his research focused on the role of the arts in health, healing, and reconciliation. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the First Nations Information Governance Centre.

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Opening Keynote – October 18th at 12:30pm PST / 3:30pm EST.

Dr Tahu Kukutai is an Indigenous academic from Aotearoa New Zealand who belongs to the Ngāti Tiipa, Ngāti Kinohaku and Te Aupōuri tribes. Tahu is Professor of Demography at the University of Waikato where she specialises in Māori and Indigenous demography and Indigenous data sovereignty. Tahu has undertaken research for numerous tribes, Māori communities, and Government agencies, and provided strategic advice across a range of sectors. She is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty Network and is also a technical advisor to the tribal leaders data group. Tahu’s co-edited books Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda and Indigenous data sovereignty and policy are both open access. She has spent many hours in public repositories finding and digitising information for a digital archive and genealogical database created for one of her tribes. Tahu has degrees in History, Demography and Sociology from The University of Waikato and Stanford University. She was previously a journalist.

Follow Tahu on Twitter @thkukutai and learn more here:

Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture – October 22nd at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST.

Laura Tribe is OpenMedia’s Executive Director. With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, Laura loves the Internet and is excited to keep fighting for what makes it great. Laura has been working with OpenMedia since 2015, previously leading the organization’s campaigns and advocacy on digital privacy. Before working with OpenMedia, Laura’s experience includes working with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), IFEX, and various tech startups. She holds a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University, and an MA in Communications from Carleton University.

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