In this fourth edition of the Mobile Social Congress, we would like to depict the electronics industry’s supply chain in its entirety. This year, the Congress will focus on the modern slavery generated by the technology industry’s model of production and consumption, from the mine to the landfill.

The first day of the Congress will begin with the projection of the documentary “Projecte Mòbil” (Mobile Project) and a round table discussion, where we will present reports on the social and environmental impact of mining in Chile, Armenia and Zambia. In addition, we will analyse working conditions in the manufacturing of electronics and their association with suicide in factories in China. We will also look at the current regression in workers’ rights in Eastern European countries that produce for the electronics industry. We will focus on the recent approval of Hungary’s so-called “Slave Law”, as well as the installation of Foxconn (the main producer for Apple and other important brands in the electronics industry) in the Czech Republic.

At the same time, we will hold a Restart Party (previous registration required) and an Install Party with a team of repairers and installers using a number of free software tools. We will learn how to lengthen the lives of our electronic devices while also taking back control of our communications and data using free software.

The second day of the MSC will be focused on the power of responsible public purchase in demanding respect for workers’ rights in the electronics industry, and we will discuss best practice with different public administrations. In addition, we will get to know collaboration experiences involving the solidarity economy, businesses and the public sector to close our circle with the reuse, repair and recycling of electronic devices.

Finally, we will continue to show alternative proposals with a workshop on the responsible consumption and use of mobile phones, a second workshop on the co-creation of free cloud tools, and a third on controlling our data on the network with a role-playing game.



3:00 PM | Conference room
Documentary – Projecte Mòbil (Aulamèdia)


4:00 PM | Conference room
Social and environmental conflicts from mining extractivism in Chile, Armenia and Zambia.
Sebastian Smart, War on Want
Anna Shahnazaryan, Armenian Environmental Front
Linda Scott Jakobsson, Swedwatch
Moderator: Charlotte Christiaens, CATAPA (Belgium)

6:00 PM | Conference room
Modern slavery, forced labour and suicides in the electronics industry
Dimitri Kessler, Economic Rights Institute
Robert Fidrich, TSA
Hannah Schling, King's College London
Moderator: Laia Fargas Fursa, SETEM Catalonia


5:00 PM | Plató room
Install Party and Restart Party (Restarters Barcelona + Community of Catalan-language Ubuntu users + Commons Cloud)
This is the only activity for which prior registration is required. It can be done in this link


4:00 PM | Conference room
Public purchase: a tool to revert labour exploitation in the electronics industry
Peter Pawlicki, Electronics Watch
John Watt, ICLEI
Kathleen Mc Caughey, Stockholm Region, Sweden
Carla Canal, Management of Global Justice and International Cooperation at the Barcelona City Council
Moderator: Lina M. González, NOVACT

6:00 PM | Conference room
Experiences in repairing and recycling electronic products from the solidarity economy, companies and the public sector.
Mireia Roura, eReuse
Marisa Gliosca, Andròmines
Miquel Ballester, Fairphone
Moderator: Sara Domínguez, Engineers Without Borders/SETEM Catalonia


4:00 PM | Philosophy meeting room of the University of Barcelona (Raval Building)
Don't let your smartphone consume you! – using smartphones conscientiously (Responsible Consumption Office of the Barcelona City Council).

5:30 PM | Philosophy meeting room of the University of Barcelona (Raval Building)
Workshop on the co-creation of free Cloud tools (Commons Cloud + Dimmons).

7:00 PM | Philosophy meeting room of the University of Barcelona (Raval Building)
Workshop on Data Control Wars (Barcelona Data Commons Network).

* The events in the Conference room and Plató room will be held at Pati Manning (Carrer Montalegre, 7), and the events in the Philosophy meeting room will be held at the Raval Building of the University of Barcelona (Carrer Montalegre, 6).

** All panels will have simultaneous translation to English.