Data & Society began in New York City, an island in a network of hills and rivers in the coastal Atlantic Northeast known as Lenapehoking, the ancestral land of the Lenape people. Today, we are connected online via a different system: a vast array of servers, cables, and computer devices maintained by human actors. In the United States, much of this infrastructure sits on stolen land acquired under the extractive logic of white settler expansion. As an organization, we recognize this history and uplift the sovereignty of Indigenous people, data, and territory. We commit, beyond symbolic rhetoric, to dismantling all ongoing settler-colonial practices and their material implications on our digital worlds.
Our website https://datasociety.net/ runs on servers located on Turtle Island.
To learn whose land you are on visit https://native-land.ca/.
This Digital Land Acknowledgement was created during a participatory workshop in June 2020 with Data & Society staff members.