Data Sovereignty and the Kaitiakitanga License

May 6, 2022, 10:55 a.m.

Interest in our Kaitiakitanga License is growing as our important work in language revitalisation is being recognised globally. We are a small team so aren’t able to respond or commit to every request we receive. We will prioritise requests from Indigenous communities and individuals/organisations that are committed to supporting Indigenous communities working towards the revitalisation of their language and culture.

We want our research to reach as many people as possible because we know our approach to artificial intelligence is one the industry needs. Our doors are always open. If you find yourself in Kaitaia, Aotearoa, please come and visit us. Otherwise, if we’re unable to meet with you, please find below some resources on data sovereignty and our Kaitiakitanga License.


Kaitiakitanga License: License and its variants in our GitHub repository

Wired article about the threat of Big Tech and Indigenous Data

MIT Technology Review article on our approach to artificial intelligence and data guardianship. Part of a series of articles on AI colonialsm.

Accelerating the revitalisation of te reo Māori with AI presented to the United Nation's AI for Good kaupapa.

Presentation on Indigenous Data Sovereignty for the Natives in Tech conference.

Greater than Code podcast on Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Māori Data Sovereignty Principles - set of principles collated by Te Mana Raraunga

Papa Reo: history of our work and our approach to empowering indigenous peoples through AI.

Inside the fight for Māori data sovereignty


To see how we put these values to practice, check out the Whare Kōrero and the Rongo app.