In the 2018 edition of the Mobile Social Congress, the first day will be dedicated to solutions from the social and solidarity economy for recycling and reusing electronic products. We’ll also hold a Restart Party, where a team of repairers will help registered participants lengthen the lives of their broken electronic devices.
In addition, we’ll talk about technological sovereignty from a feminist point of view, we’ll discuss how experiences and initiatives can be built to develop freedom, autonomy and social justice in technology. Along these lines, we’ll debate on the transformational capabilities of technological tools with open licences, and the role of women in this process. A specific workshop will provide clues on how to protect our security online.
We’ll interview Som Connexió to find out how the telecommunications services offered by this non-profit cooperative have evolved.
On the second day of the Mobile Social Congress, we’ll denounce the negative impacts of mining, a process essential to obtaining the raw materials for electronic devices. We’ll look at how it impacts the rights of women and the environmental rights of affected Latin American communities, through testimony from two activists from Bolivia and Ecuador. In a workshop, we’ll talk about the Congo and we’ll look at the role of civil society in the war over natural resources the country is experiencing.
In addition, regarding the working conditions at the factories producing electronics, we’ll focus especially on flagrant violations of safety rules regarding the use of toxic chemical products without adequate protection, and the serious impact this is having on workers’ health. We’ll talk about multiple petitions from civil society aimed at Samsung and Apple, some of which also address workers’ miserable wages and their lack of real freedom of association. A specific workshop will guide us through a campaign organized on the 10th anniversary of the production of iPhones in Foxconn’s Chinese factories.
The interview with the Scottish university consortium APUC will provide a glimpse of the work they’ve done together with Electronics Watch to improve the conditions at factories through public contracting.
This is the complete PROGRAM, including the different panels, interviews and workshops that will take place:
PANELS4:00 pm - Auditorium Programmed obsolescence and electronic waste: solutions from the social and solidarity economy Speakers: Alexandra Farbiarz, Terraqui David Franquesa, Pangea and eReuse Joseph Silvere Mfou’ou Mbata, Alencop Moderator: Laia Fargas, SETEM Catalonia 6:00 pm - Auditorium Technological sovereignty and feminism Speakers: Spideralex, Donestech Silvia Pérez, HackDones BCN Núria Alonso, Colectic Moderator: Laura Mora, Capa8 and Aspertic
INTERVIEW5:45 pm - Auditorium Som Connexió
WORKSHOPS4:00 pm - CLASSROOMS 1 and 2 Digital self-defence By: Benet R. i Camps, Softcatalà 5:30 pm – CLASSROOMS 1 and 2 RESTART PARTY: Lengthen the life span of your mobile or computer, and fight programmed obsolescence! Participants must register beforehand by filling out this form Offered by: Restarters Barcelona *All panels will have simultaneous translation to English. ** This event receives funding from the European Union and the City Council of Barcelona. Its content is the exclusive responsibility of SETEM.
Human rights in the electronics supply chain
PANELS4:00 pm - Auditorium Women, mining extractivism and the violation of human and environmental rights in Latin America Speakers: Gloria Chicaiza, Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (Latin American Network of Women Defending Social and Environmental Rights), Ecuador Margarita Aquino, Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Sociales y Ambientales (Latin American Network of Women Defending Social and Environmental Rights), Bolivia Karolien Burvenich, CATAPA, Belgium Moderator: Miquel Carrillo, Enginyeria Sense Fronteres (Engineering Without Borders) 6:00 pm - Auditorium Poisoning from the use of toxic products in the electronics industry Speakers: Heather White, co-director and producer of the documentary “Complicit”, USA/China Amanda Hawes, International Campaign for Responsible Technology and SCCOSH, USA Joe DiGangi, IPEN, South Korea (video conference) Moderator: Olga Martín-Ortega, Electronics Watch and University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
INTERVIEW5:45 pm - Auditorium Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges, Scotland
WORKSHOPS4:00 pm - CLASSROOMS 1 and 2 iSlaveat10 - 10 years of modern slavery to manufacture the iPhone Offered by: Alba Trepat, SETEM Catalonia – with the collaboration of SACOM 5:00 pm - CLASSROOMS 1 and 2 War, natural resources, and the role of civil society in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Offered by: Josep Maria Royo, School for a Culture of Peace, UAB Erick Kambalé, Étoile du Sud, D.R. Congo Sylvie Luzala, Étoile du Sud, D.R. Congo *All panels will have simultaneous translation to English. ** This event receives funding from the European Union and the City Council of Barcelona. Its content is the exclusive responsibility of SETEM.
* All panels will have simultaneous translation to English.