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Conflict Free Technology

Lo que tu movil

“Conflict-free Technology” is a campaign lauched by the Spanish NGO, ALBOAN, to draw attention to the connection between mobile phones, tablests and computers and the war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Our aims is to generate so much pressure from the public that their representatives in the European Parliament will feel obliged to support more effective regulation and companies likewise feel compelled to take responsibility for their supply chains.
The campaign looks at the “extraction-manufacturing-marketing-recycling” cycle for electronic devices. This is a critical reflection on our own life style, consumption patterns and model of development and their links with mining and the people who both depend on and are harmed by mining. In so doing we raise fundamental questions about the human and environmental sustainability of our current international economic system.

Didactical proposal

Tell me about yourself!

There are certain elctronic devices that have taken up permanent residence in our pockets and bags, devices that mani consider indispensable. We are talking, of course, about mobile phones. But what do we really know about them? What do we know about the impact of their manufacturing and use?


We must begin to address the issue of conflict minerals by defining what they are. The first and simplest definition we can give is that conflict minerals are those linked to a conflict or human rights abuses and violations.

The path minerals take to our pockets and back

Our mobile devices contain an almost endless list of minerals and raw materials, including the so-called “conflict minerals”: tantalum, tungsten, tin (known as 3Ts) and gold sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Great Lakes region. These minerals are hidden inside many of the products we use every day.

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