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Tech, Oil Spills & Indigenous Communities in the Amazon

Emily Jacobi
Emily Jacobi
Emily JacobiExecutive Director at Digital Democracy

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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Launching Remote
Access in the
Peruvian Amazon
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
Remote Access has three components,
focused on helping users document,
manage and share information
Initial fieldwork
Pilot Project: Peru
• 3 weeks with indigenous
communities in oil-impacted areas
• 2 weeks of meetings with
government & advocacy partners
in Lima
Dd Team:
Gregor & Emily
Telmo
Community-based
monitors

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