Activism 2.0 example: Geotracking the protests on Peru’s Bagua massacre
Geotracking the protests on Peru’s Bagua massacre
Geotracking the protests on Peru’s Bagua massacre (Mapa de la solidaridad internacional con pueblos indígenas de la amazonía)
Geotracking, Citizen media, Civic engagement
On June 5, the Peruvian government forces opened fire on the crowd, killing and wounding dozens (probably hundreds) of civilians in the city of Bagua. The massacre has drawn the attention, of among others, Human Rights Watch.
A Chile-based human and indigenous rights think-tank, Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Indígenas (Center for Indigenous Public Policies and Rights – CEPPDI), has been tracking the protests denouncing the massacre using a newly developed maps section on their website.
It's another example of activism 2.0. On the map we can find links to news, photos and videos about protests around the world, mixing contents produced by traditional media and by ordinary people. The information has been regularly updated by Centro de Políticas Públicas, but any user can suggest new content. According to the Digiactive post “This provides a clear geographic visualization of the impact (or lack thereof) of the massacre – an analysis that would have been otherwise much harder and time-consuming to make.”
- Original post (english): http://www.digiactive.org/2009/07/16/geotracking-peru-massacre/
- Map (spanish): http://www.politicaspublicas.net/panel/mapas/geonoticias/309-mapa-protes...