Is your iPhone worth dying over?

This article was sent to us by way of Matt Wilson, a University of Washington alumni and assistant professor at Ball State University.  Thanks, Matt!

This article shows some of the forces of globalization that are inherent in the consumption of technology.  Think about how some of those “conflict minerals” are also the reason why we can’t just throw our cell phones in the trash.  It makes me wonder if my addiction to technology is worth those lives lost in war for the creation of our gadgets, and those lives harmed by the toxic chemicals emitted when dismantling them for scrap valuable metal.  Is there any way we could possibly rectify this?

Op-Ed Columnist – Death by Gadget in Congo – NYTimes.com.

“Blood diamonds” have faded away, but we may now be carrying “blood phones.”

An ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo. With throngs waiting in lines in the last few days to buy the latest iPhone, I’m thinking: What if we could harness that desperation for new technologies to the desperate need to curb the killing in central Africa?

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