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Tech, Oil Spills & Indigenous Communities in the Amazon

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After 40 years of suffering from oil contamination, indigenous groups in the Peruvian Amazon are fighting back, harnessing basic tools to document the pollution & pressure the government to hold the …

After 40 years of suffering from oil contamination, indigenous groups in the Peruvian Amazon are fighting back, harnessing basic tools to document the pollution & pressure the government to hold the oil company accountable.

In May 2013, Digital Democracy traveled to a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon to launch a new program with these groups. Remote Access, funded by the Knight News Challenge, is a mobile toolkit to empower people in hard-to-reach places to share critical environmental and human rights information.

Follow our journey along the northern Amazon & up the Pastaza River to see how local indigenous groups are taking action, using basic tools to document four decades of oil spills and contamination.

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  • 1. 1 Launching Remote Access in the Peruvian Amazon
  • 2. Remote Access: A mobile toolkit to empower populations in remote, off-the-grid locations to share information on human rights & environmental abuses Winner: January 2013 Knight News Challenge
  • 3. Remote Access has three components, focused on helping users document, manage and share information
  • 4. Initial fieldwork Pilot Project: Peru • 3 weeks with indigenous communities in oil-impacted areas • 2 weeks of meetings with government & advocacy partners in Lima
  • 5. Dd Team: Gregor & Emily
  • 6. Telmo Community-based monitors
  • 7. 7 Rafael
  • 8. 8 Adam
  • 9. 9 Salvador
  • 10. C Context
  • 11. Challenge: 40 years of oil contamination
  • 12. 12 Testing a “remediated site”
  • 13. 13 Visible oil at the “remediated site”
  • 14. 14
  • 15. C What did we do?
  • 16. 16 Field visits near the Ecuador border
  • 17. 17 Walking the pipeline
  • 18. 18 Collecting water samples
  • 19. 19 Four-day workshop
  • 20. Dd team 20 Hand-drawn maps
  • 21. 21
  • 22. 22 Practicing with handheld GPS
  • 23. • Tool development for Peru pilot • Coordinating with local monitors • Training for women monitors • Coordinating with efforts in Guyana, Ecuador & beyond What’s next? Follow www.digital-democracy.org for updates

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