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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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Compensation for family of deceased Samsung Electronics worker

Compensation for family of deceased Samsung Electronics worker

A Seoul court ordered the government Friday to compensate a woman who died of a brain tumor after working at a Samsung Electronics Co. plant, recognizing her as an industrial disaster victim as her death was linked to the plant's work environment.

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Electronics Watch’s new investigative report shows major labour abuses in the ICT industry

Electronics Watch’s new investigative report shows major labour abuses in the ICT industry

A new investigative report, which includes field research in South Korea, points out at severe violations of labour rights in the electronics industry, particularly regarding health and safety issues, and freedom of association restrictions.

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New publication: Dragging out the best deal

New publication: Dragging out the best deal

In the electronics sector, direct labour costs generally represent only 2% of the factory selling price. This article explains how an electronic product that is priced $100 when it leaves the factory has a $500 retail price. This, while the workers making the product work for low wages and often work in substandard health and safety conditions.

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Sign the petition: no more deaths in Electronics sweatshops

Sign the petition: no more deaths in Electronics sweatshops

People are dying to make our phones and computers. Recently thirteen workers in an iPhone factory in China were diagnosed with leukaemia; five have died.

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Donate to film project: Who pays the price? The human cost of electronics

Donate to 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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