June 6

Analysis: U.S. Tech Giants Are Building Dozens of Data Centers in Chile. Locals Are Fighting Back

Earlier this month, as Chilean President Gabriel Boric announced the arrival of 28 new data centers in the country, Rodrigo Vallejos watched the livestream with skepticism.

Even as Boric assured that investment in these buildings would be “environmentally responsible,” Vallejos had his doubts. After all, he has spent the past two years monitoring data centers in Chile — including those operated by Amazon, Google, and Microsoft — and found them to have a significant impact on water supply in the country. Since 2022, Vallejos has been one of the leading activists filing citizen observations regarding Microsoft’s new data center in Santiago’s metropolitan area.

Photo courtesy of Bob Mical.

Source: Rest of World (link opens in a new window)

data, digital inclusion, water