Intro to Networked Collaboration

Google Earth develops environmental watch network

On CBS this evening, news reporters interviewed one of the engineers at Google Earth who got interested in seeing how live action footage would help us understand the impact humans are having, globally, on the environment.  She educated a group of indigenous peoples in South America (I forgot what country, sorry!) who were only “discovered” four only years ago on how to Blog.  Now they are able to educate their communities, and the world, through life footage on the encroachment on their homeland and culture. Google Earth is also able to pick up roads being illegally created in the rainforest.

This same process was used to document evidence of the Sudanese Government burning down communities in Darfur which they had previously denied.  This is clearly a very powerful environmental, social justice, and human rights “global watch” network which is being created.



October 11, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Would you have any links available to the CBS interview or examples of Google Earth environmental links?

    Comment by nancyajones | October 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. I found some links on the web related to plumeria’s post.
    Bows and Arrows Give Way to Tools of Modernity
    Amazon Conservation Team Puts Indians
    On GOOGLE Earth to Save the Amazon

    The group that’s assisting the Amazonian tribes (there are several involved) is ACT – Amazon Conservation Team. By using GPS devices and Google maps they are able to pinpoint where illegal mining is encroaching on the jungles of Brazil.

    Comment by nancyajones | October 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. woot woot!!! Point for well-integrated technology! Big Brother protecting the rain forest? I’m down.

    Comment by kelboa | October 17, 2008 | Reply

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