A coalition of organizations – under the banner Tech Warrior Camp – have convened at Standing Rock in North Dakota, powering habitats and spaces with solar and wind-power generators, erecting a local radio tower (and accompanying station), and training others on communication protocols and how to use ‘technology for good.’ This can only be a beneficial thing. Below is first a trailer video of their efforts and second a longer video that is a presentation at a community gathering that talks more specifically about their initiatives.
Friends, we need your help. We just returned from North Dakota and went in the dead of night on a mission to help the people at Standing Rock to share their story. The internet and social media are critical to the social causes but the people at Standing Rock have very limited communications means. The lawyers, journalist and medics at Standing Rock have to drive 10 miles from camp in order to upload video, photos, to look up medical information, the lawyers need to file cases to get people out of jail. All this is done at the lobby at the local casino. It’s like sending a message in encrypted in a R2 Droid saying “Help us Obi-wan” and hoping that it reaches the right ears in another galaxy. The Redcloud Defense Center, 8 Shields Nature School Alliance, Geeks without Bounds, Indigenous Environmental Network and Digital Smoke Signals are teaming up use technology for good. We will improve communications, setup media aggregation stations, provide portable solar/wind systems, and create a local radio station.