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We have fair trade diamonds, fair trade
coffee, etc, but people are still being
killed, forced to labor under grossly
unsafe conditions at the behest of thugs,
and generally taken advantage of for the
metals found in cellphones. I would like to
see a cellphone company introduce
cellphones, so people can
buy them with a clear conscience.
coltan, cassiterite, heterogenite mining in Congo
Background. [jutta, Nov 16 2006]
"Fairphone is a social enterprise. We started in 2010 as an awareness project about conflict minerals in electronics and the wars that the sourcing of these minerals is fuelling [...] The campaign ran for 3 years before Fairphone realized that to uncover the story behind the sourcing, production, distribution and recycling, we needed to make the phone." [Wrongfellow, Jun 03 2013]
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||Thanks for the link, jutta; that gives a
good overview of the situation. It's just
amazing how the cellphone market has
exploded; I remember when they were
just an obscure idea printed in science
||Very intricate and complicated supply chain, but the transparency movement and related movements really need a technical challenge on this scale to get their game in gear for the rest of the 21st century. Really.
||For seberal years now i've been trying to get an "ethical periodic
table" together, but it would have to be relativist i think, which
complicates it. It clearly is possible to make an analogue radio
without using distant sources of material and i think it probably
would involve reinventing the wheel, which I see as a good thing.