A five-part series I produced with the NPR News program Day to Day, "Guatemala: Unearthing the Future," concludes with this "reporter's notebook" -- an overview of how innovative uses of technology are creating change in this Central American nation. From forensic scientists using DNA to identify death squad victims, to digital archivists preserving once-secret police documents from the civil war, to grassroots infrastructure tech providing electricity and clean water to Mayan villages.
Link to part 5 on Day to Day, "Technology in Guatemala: An Overview."
"Xeni Tech" home, and podcast feed. Here's a reporter's notebook blog with more background on these stories: Link.
Guatemala: Xela Teco Builds Grassroots Tech (part 4)
Guatemala: Digital archives may help find "disappeared." (part 3)
Guatemala: Storm Victims' Remains Exhumed in Guatemala (part 2)
Guatemala: A Database for the Dead. (part 1)
IMAGES: 2007, Xeni Jardin, under this cc license. Top: a macaw on the grounds of a luxury hotel in Antigua, Guatemala. Center: I'm standing with Gustavo Cosme of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG), inside a room where they store boxes of human remains of death squad victims, prior to reburial. Bottom: a centuries-old monk's skull, at the site of a 15th century monastery in Antigua.
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