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 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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Tech, Oil Spills & Indigenous Communities in the Amazon

  1. 1. 1 Launching Remote Access in the Peruvian Amazon
  2. 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. 3. Remote Access has three components, focused on helping users document, manage and share information
  4. 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. 5. Dd Team: Gregor & Emily
  6. 6. Telmo Community-based monitors
  7. 7. 7 Rafael
  8. 8. 8 Adam
  9. 9. 9 Salvador
  10. 10. C Context
  11. 11. Challenge: 40 years of oil contamination
  12. 12. 12 Testing a “remediated site”
  13. 13. 13 Visible oil at the “remediated site”
  14. 14. 14
  15. 15. C What did we do?
  16. 16. 16 Field visits near the Ecuador border
  17. 17. 17 Walking the pipeline
  18. 18. 18 Collecting water samples
  19. 19. 19 Four-day workshop
  20. 20. Dd team 20 Hand-drawn maps
  21. 21. 21
  22. 22. 22 Practicing with handheld GPS
  23. 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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