STRAND 2: Environment > E-waste

Cellphones #2, Atlanta by Chris Jordan from his exhibition "Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption (2003-2005)"

For more images see: chris jordan photographic arts

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Links to Other Strands
Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries
Exporting waste illegally to poor countries has become a vast and growing international business, as companies try to minimize the costs of new environmental laws, like those ..., that tax waste or require that it be recycled or otherwise disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.
Strand 1: globallization, policies
Strand 3: hardware
Dirty Data: where does Apple's energy come from?
Raises the issue of the amount of electricity used to store our data.

Power, Pollution and the Internet
Extensive discussion of how data centers use energy.

How Green is My iPad?
Which is more environmentally friendly: an e-reader or an old fashioned book? Describes and analyzes five steps:
materials, manufacture, transportation, reading, disposal.

Dumped computers exploited in overseas fraud
CRIMINAL networks are feeding off Australians' lust for new technology by skimming data from computers dumped in Africa and Asia - and using it for blackmail, fraud and identity theft.

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'Only the Best' Videos and Podcasts

E-Stewardship PART 1
Very classy video done by Basel Action Network.
Lots of specifics and good visuals

Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground
This is a Frontline presentation on digital waste. It includes links to an interactive map of the global trade in electronic waste, FAQ-the good recycling guide, an interview,and a slideshow. Great site. Video (20 minutes) can be watched online. Needs checking. It was made in 2009.
Scraplife - E-Waste in Pakistan
Poisoning the Poor
Global Graveyard for Dead Computer in Ghana
Narrated slideshows. Very powerful images of the pollution being caused. It also shows
individual e-waste workers, giving a more personal insight than some other
The Chemicals in my Computer

The Story of Stuff Project
With over 12 million on-line views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short films of all time. Since its release in December 2007, The Story of Stuff has been shown in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community events and businesses around the world.

The website includes downloadable films, annotated scripts, glossary,FAQs and fact sheet. There is also a second film called "The Story of Electronics" with similar materials.

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