“Bioacoustics is basically shazam for nature” explains environmental justice advocate and academic, Joycelyn Longdon. Tiny automated acoustic sensors are placed in landscapes like forests and oceans to record wildlife. Powerful machine learning and AI tracks these recordings and helps to conserve the animals within. But there’s an elephant in the room: people. As Joycelyn shares, conservation technologies like bioacoustics have inherited racist and discriminatory practices from conservation’s dark colonial history. With the privacy of indigenous communities and local peoples being invaded by new tech like bioacoustics, it’s time to rethink how we can use these technologies justly and equitably. Joycelyn is an environmental justice advocate and academic. Her PhD research centres on the design of justice-led conservation technologies for monitoring biodiversity with local forest communities in Ghana. She is also the founder of ClimateInColour, an online education platform and community for the climate curious, making climate conversations more accessible, diverse and hopeful. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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