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Speakers: Saima Akhtar (Barnard College), Andrea Wallace (University of Exeter)

In this session we look at the legal rights and issues relevant to restitution and how digitisation can both complicate and create new opportunities for heritage and intellectual property ownership. We examine how physical property, digital property and intellectual property are considered (or not) by existing restitution initiatives at national and institutional levels. We also explore how digitisation itself can result in new forms of data, knowledge, and wealth extraction, leading to digital colonialism. 

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