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Special Issue: The unusual suspect? The private sector in knowledge partnerships for agricultural and rural development
This special issue contains a few of the many papers that were presented at the first Indigenous Knowledge Technology Conference (IKTC2011) in November 2011, in Windhoek, Namibia. We sought to pursue a critical dialogue about tensions associated with representing and disseminating indigenous knowledge (IK) digitally and involving IK-holders in designing and using technologies compatible with their knowledge systems. These issues concern academics, practitioners and policy-makers who approach the intersection of technology, culture and knowledge from various perspectives, from socioeconomic to technology development. We chose the conference theme, ‘Embracing IK Systems in a new Technology Design Paradigm’, to raise awareness of the differences between IK systems and the knowledge systems that underlie technology development.