David Schmidt
Transatlantic Media Fellow
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David Schmidt led a team of moderators through the jungle of comments at ZEIT ONLINE and wrote about hate speech and online communities In the earlier part of his career. Today he prefers the chatter of more than human beings in real-life jungles like the Amazon rainforest. Together with Inga Dreyer, David is currently working on a series of articles on the intersection of human rights and the rights of nature. For their research, they went to Ecuador and reported on indigenous people’s activism, a lawsuit filed by nine girls from Sucumbíos against the state's gas flaring activities and other conflicts caused by extractivism. With support of the Böll-Stiftung, David and Inga's next big research project revolves around the Willow project and the indigenous people of the North Slope, Alaska.