Drones monitoring for Indigenous communities at risk
February 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
In our west-minded world when we hear the words as ‘Trackers or Drones’ we immediately relate them to negative feelings associated with lack of privacy, capitalism surveillance or war drones attacks… However, there are few inspiring examples, where technologies are used for the greater good, as preserving human rights in remote areas by tracking the malpractices by extractive industries.
On this new presentation, BalkonTactics welcomes Anna Berti Suman – PhD researcher- who has used drones on Amazon remote areas to help preserve the Amazonian nature, ensure the survival of Indigenous communities and the accountability of extractive industries to the eyes of society
Come and join the presentation where we will discuss the problem of the threats faced by Indigenous communities living in rural and remote areas due to expanding hydrocarbon and mining industries. We will discover a context, where environmental liabilities generated by extraction practices continue to create adverse environmental and public health impacts.
The focus will be on one of the Digital Democracy’s projects implemented in the Amazon. The project was aimed at combining ‘drones’ monitoring of oil spills with mobile reporting to allow Indigenous communities to safely spread oil contamination alerts. The key question revolves around the interrogative on whether community-based monitoring systems could push the state and corporate actors to responsibly manage hazards caused by the extractive industry. Furthermore, the case is presented with a view to inspecting whether technology can achieve a transformative change giving voice to those communities who are often silent victims. Ultimately, the debate will revolve around the potential that such projects have in creating bridges between remote communities and the outside world, enabling them to spread denounces and awareness on environmental liabilities. Yet it will be stressed that change does not come from the technology per se, but from how people use it. Therefore, a human-centred and ethical approach results in being crucial for making such monitoring technologies in the hands of Indigenous communities a positive, responsible and sustainable innovation.
Anna Berti Suman is a PhD researcher at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society – Tilburg Law School.
Her PhD project aims at investigating how practices of ‘Citizen Sensing’ affects the governance of public/environmental health risk and how they can be integrated in the current models of risk governance. Besides academia, Anna is
a committed environmental activist and worker as an Environmental Lawy
er on the Chevron-Texaco Case, Ecuador. Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. Her specializations are Health Law and Technology, Environmental Law, and Sustainable Innovation. She has work and research experience in the Health sector, Extractive Industries, and Water Conflicts.