“Since the start of 2017, we have thrown out more than 6.4m tonnes of electronic goods, according to The World Counts, a website keeping a live tally of global e-waste.”  The Guardian – Samsung and Greenpeace: what you need to know about e-waste | March 1, 2017

E-waste – discarded electronics – is another outrage that results from our 21st century vision of progress. This 25 minute video documentary gives us a glimpse into the lives of workers, many of whom are young children, whose job it is to dismantle our used electronics.

The video also shows how toxins from our electronic products leach into the food and water of the workers’ community, and reveals the extreme toxic exposures that permeate their lives.

What will happen when the Internet of Things produces orders of magnitude more e-waste?  With the IoT, household items such as washing machines, mattresses, tea kettles, and plant waterers etc.would all join the ranks of e-waste – their demise hastened yet further by more attractive “up-to-date” IoT “things,” or the need to be replaced due to more cyber insecurities.

Who in the IoT world is even talking about E-Waste, and how did such a bad idea as the IoT ever catch on? – Health, privacy, cyber security, impacts on wildlife, huge energy consumption, conflict minerals, effects on our brains and humanity etc.- and what for? Smart diapersrobots to raise our children, and the like?

 

Story of Electronics

Though this 7 minute video clip is from 2010, the issues it discusses are significantly more urgent now with the unfortunate push to the Internet of Things.
“This is a story about a world obsessed with stuff. It’s a story about a system in crisis. We’re trashing the planet, we’re trashing each other, and we’re not even having fun.”

Story of Electronics

 

For the annotated script
http://storyofstuff.org/…/SoElectronics_Annotated_Script.pdf

 

 


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Sep 10, 2014 Allen Hershowitz: “We throw out about 130,000 computers every day in the United States….And we throw out over 100 million cell phones a year.” What will be with the advent of the Internet of Things?
May 9, 2016 The U.S. leads the world in e-waste.  A watchdog group has found a lot of tossed junk, with its toxic components, winds up in poorer nations.
COMPLICIT- Trailer about toxic exposure to workers. Story of Yi Yeting, a former migrant worker struggling to survive occupational leukemia in China’s electronics factory zone.
Jan 22, 2017 The UN says e-waste in Asia has jumped nearly two-thirds in 5 years, raising hazards for the environment and for people who dismantle discarded gadgets.
How are the west’s ‘recycled’ TVs and computers ending up in a toxic dump in Ghana? Dateline investigates the trade in e-waste which is poisoning a once picturesque part of Africa.
Jun 1, 2016 RTD visits the Ghana’s most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while extreme poverty, child labour and criminal gangs are also rife. https://rtd.rt.com/films/toxicity/
Published on Feb 16, 2014 The world’s disposal of electronic waste is increasing, and it’s China that receives about 70 percent of it.  Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Beijing.
Jul 11, 2016 The E-Waste Curse: The deadly effect of dumping E-waste in Pakistan.
Published on Jul 11, 2016 The E-Waste Curse: The deadly effect of dumping E-waste in Pakistan – Pakistan has become an illegal dumping ground for some of the 50 million tons of e-waste created each year.
Additional Resources on E-Waste and E-Injustice
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