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Conflict Minerals and Blood Tech — The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century
"The Enough Project says that auditing component supply chains at the smelters to see whether the metal was sources from “clean” places like Australia or Canada instead of lining the pockets of Congolese warlords would add about one cent to the price of a cellphone, and that this figure originates from within the industry. I’d happily pay a thousand times that for each of my devices – a mere ten bucks – to ensure that I wasn’t bankrolling rape and murder." Depressing, and a very, very good point. It doesn't make me any surer of what to do, sadly.
conflict  technology  manufacturing  congo  activism 
july 2010 by infovore
Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark's clock | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon's unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid "illegal restorers"... pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s." Awesome
paris  culture  clock  hacking  architecture  engineering  activism  awesome 
december 2007 by infovore
A Left-Handed Commencement Address
"Why did we look up for blessing - instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon." Ursula Le Guin's 1983 commencement address at Mills College.
ursulaleguin  speech  activism  commencement 
october 2007 by infovore
[d20: The 60's] The KKK, free thinkers, and the unwashed masses - RPGnet Forums
Awesome - players decided to take d20 (D&D) entirely metaphorically, and use it to play out 60s social archetypes. To quote further down the thread: "you've made D&D... narrativist". Great stuff.
rpg  roleplaying  social  play  games  activism  metaphor  storytelling  narrative 
december 2006 by infovore

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