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New Tool: Mapeo Icons Generator

One of Mapeo’s greatest features is having custom configurations, which gives the mapping project focus, identity and acessibility, as many community members are from oral-first cultures and literacy isn’t part of their daily lives. But creating a custom configuration for Mapeo isn’t as acessible an experience as we’d wish, requiring some design and research skills […]

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We are hiring an Earth Defenders Toolkit Community Steward!

Digital Democracy is looking for an Earth Defenders Toolkit Community Steward for a 12-month contract (with potential long-term), starting as soon as possible. You will steward community engagement for the Earth Defenders Toolkit, and crosscutting outreach projects by Digital Democracy’s Programs team. Your role will be to expand community engagement with the Earth Defenders Toolkit, building […]

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Quarterly newsletter – August 2022

After some months of visioning, we are excited to share the first EDT quarterly newsletter! We are entering the next phase of the Earth Defenders Toolkit initiative! Thanks to the generous support of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, we are moving into the 2nd phase of the Earth Defenders Toolkit Initiative! The toolkit was first […]

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Mongabay Reports: Earth Defenders Toolkit strengthens Indigenous voices (podcast)

The Earth Defenders Toolkit is a collection of apps that support local autonomy of Indigenous lands, giving communities ownership of critical data and reducing the need for outside support.  The toolkit, which includes mapping apps like ‘Mapeo,’ keep the needs of Indigenous communities at the forefront, overcoming barriers inherent to technology, like participation and security.  […]

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(Mongabay) Empowering Indigenous youths with tradition and tech: Q&A with Dawn Martin-Hill

Dawn Martin-Hill, a professor at McMaster University, introduced Terrastories, a geo-based storytelling app, to the Haudenosaunee people of the Great Lakes to help them protect their land and water as well as safeguard invaluable knowledge. A main goal of her work is to empower and support Indigenous youths, and she has also helped create a […]

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Interested in participating in a regularly held Earth Defenders community call? Let us know!

Since the launch of the Earth Defenders Toolkit, a number of people have suggested that it would be nice to have a space for us to regularly share about work being done across the globe. We have our forum, but folks are also interested in having a regularly scheduled phone call, where we could have […]

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(Global Voices) Earth Defenders Toolkit launched to help communities navigate digital tools for defending environmental rights

Global Voices interviewed Rudo Kemper, geographer and a program manager at Digital Democracy, via email, who explained different aspects of the toolkit.

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Event Recap: Africa Forum for Earth Defenders

On July 21st, Digital Democracy, Natural Justice and Oxfam hosted the Africa Forum for Earth Defenders. This two-hour virtual event brought together over 120 participants, primarily earth defenders from across the African continent, to share stories of work they are doing on the frontlines, and highlight new tools and strategies that help put power in the hands of local communities.

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Event Recap: Earth Defenders Toolkit Global Launch – Part 2

We recently shared an overview of the global launch event for Earth Defenders Toolkit which happened on July 14th. This week, we’re diving into some of the testimonies shared at the event by our partners.

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(Mongabay) Sharing solutions: How a digital toolkit is strengthening Indigenous voices

By Caitlin Looby on 2 August 2021. Crossposted from Mongabay. The Earth Defenders Toolkit is a growing collection of apps, resources and blogs where Indigenous peoples and their allies can come together to connect and mobilize. The goals of the toolkit are to support local autonomy, allowing Indigenous communities to maintain ownership of data and reduce the […]

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