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It’s hard to imagine a world without electronic gadgets. We all rely on Information Technology-IT everyday. In fact, IT has improved our lives in many different ways. But it has also created many new problems around the world.


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Alarm!

As part of the Make IT Better campaign of Friends of the Earth, thousands of people have forced Samsung to confirm it uses tin from Bangka Island, Indonesia, where tin mining is ravaging forests and coral reefs, injuring miners and destroying fishermen's livelihoods. Apple almost certainly also uses tin in its mobile phones that has come from that same Island.

You can now write to Apple to be transparent about its supply chain and to encourage other companies to do the same: http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/make_it_better_action_37571.html

 


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Film project: Who pays the price? The human cost of electronics

Film project: Who pays the price? The human cost of electronics

In China, there are more than 200 million people working in hazardous environments. And in a country that produces more than half of the world's cell phones, many of them are doing that hazardous work in electronics factories, often making or assembling parts for the Apple products the rest of the world relies on.

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Samsung nominated for Pinocchio Awards 2014

Samsung nominated for Pinocchio Awards 2014

Paris, October 9th, 2014 – Les Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth France, in partnership with CRID (Centre de Recherche et d’Information pour le Développement/Research and Information Centre for Development) and Peuples Solidaires – ActionAid France, have launched public voting today for the Pinocchio Awards 2014.

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Sixth iPhone factory worker dies of cancer

Sixth iPhone factory worker dies of cancer

A young Chinese worker struck down with leukaemia while working in a factory that makes Apple’s iPhones has died – days after his mother pleaded in The Mail on Sunday for Apple chief executive Tim Cook to help save her son’s life.

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Apple's iSlaves: bad working conditions in Pegatron sweatshops

Apple's iSlaves: bad working conditions in Pegatron sweatshops

Today (19th September) is the official launch day of the pre-reserved iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus which are remarkably configured with bigger size of touch screen. Although some customers may be impressed by the new product, SACOM discloses the unacceptable slavery working condition in Pegatron Corporation, which is one of the key Apple’s suppliers producing about 50% of iPhone 6.

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Study finds forced labour in Malaysian electronics industry

Study finds forced labour in Malaysian electronics industry

Verité, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring that people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions, today announced the findings of a first-of-its-kind study on forced labour in the Malaysian electronics industry. The study found that thirty-two percent of foreign migrant workers surveyed, nearly one in three, were working in conditions of forced labour.

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