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Amazon tribes to get free internet

1 April, 2007

I joked the other day that anthropologists are sometimes considered to be a ‘primitive tribe’ because of their reluctance to take up new technologies.  Not so, indigenous groups in the Amazon it would seem.

Brazil will offer free satellite internet connections to indigenous tribes in the Amazon as part of its latest effort to crack down on illegal logging in the world’s largest tropical rain forest.”It’s a way to open communications between indigenous communities, former slave villages, coconut crackers, river fishermen and the rest of society,” said Environment Minister Marina Silva on Thursday after signing an accord putting the internet plan in place.

“These communities are the true protectors of their areas,” she said.

Amazon tribes to get free internet – web – Technology – smh.com.au

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