Film forum

Octavio Romano

Octavio Romano holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in international cooperation from the University of the Basque Country. He worked for the Spanish Committee of UNHCR from 2001-2008 and has since served as the technician for Africa for the NGO Alboan. His frequent visits to the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo drove him to write the script for the short film Tournées.

Juan Solera

Juan Solera has worked in the distribution and production of documentaries for a decade. He has worked on a large number of music videos, advertisements, fiction pieces and short documentaries, and, alongside Albert Julià, completed his first documentary as a director one year ago.

Sara Domínguez

Sara Domínguez is an engineer with more than nine years of experience in the industrial electronics industry. She also has abundant experience as a volunteer for organizations like SETEM and Enginyeria Sense Fronteres, where she has served as an activist in electronics campaigns. Sara fights for social and environmental progress in the electronics sector in order to reduce the negative impacts of each phase of the life cycle of electronic devices.

Introduction

The session will start by welcoming participants in the Congress. This will be followed by a general presentation of the life cycle of mobile devices, from manufacture to obsolescence. We will also address the different social and environmental impacts of each stage.

Elena Romagosa

Within SETEM Catalunya, Romagosa has served as camp coordinator, a member of the Camps Council, a member of the Nicaragua Committee and the founder of the Africa Committee. Recently, she took part in the creation of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Professionally, Romagosa has worked in both the private sector and with associations and NGOs.

Gender Inequality in the Electronics Industry

The first panel will look at the conditions of female workers in Bolivian mines involved in the extraction of minerals for the electronics supply chain. We will also address the health and job safety problems they face and the double impact the toxins used in mining and manufacturing have on these workers. Finally, we will discuss the obstacles and exclusion women face in ICTs, and experiences of female techno-activists will be shared.

Isabella Szukits

Isabella Szukits works on transparency and human rights issues in the electronics industry at Südwind, an Austrian NGO. Her research focuses on the role of women in tin and zinc extraction in the cooperatives on the Bolivian Plateau.

Aneesh Manjunath

Aneesh Manjunath works as the coordinator for legal research and training at Cividep India, a workers’ rights organization involved in research, training and the improvement of working and living conditions for those employed in the global supply chain. He has directed Cividep’s work in the electronics sector since June 2018 and has also worked in the Plantations and Garment sectors.

Núria Vergès

Núria Vergès holds a doctorate in information and knowledge society (IN3-UOC), a master’s degree in public and social policies (UPF and John Hopkins), a PhD in political and social sciences (UPF) and a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration (UAB). Her focus is on the crossroads between society and technology, gender and family studies, as well as the application of ICT in research. She is co- founder of Donestech.

Mónica Vargas

Mónica Vargas is a researcher for the Corporate Power Project, part of TNI’s Economic Justice Program. Since 2015, she has facilitated the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples’ Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity.

The Voice of Workers: Freedom of Association

This session will begin with a short documentary by bubalus.org that gives voice to the workers exploited by big corporations in the textile and electronics industries. We will then take a look at the dialogue and synergies that exist among worker’s movements from the electronics supply chain (including transport and logistics) in the Global South  and  North , from India to Barcelona.

Aneesh Manjunath

Aneesh Manjunath works as the coordinator for legal research and training at Cividep  India, a workers’ rights organization involved in research, training and the improvement of working and living conditions for those employed in the global supply chain. He has directed Cividep’s work in the electronics sector since June 2018 and has also worked in the Plantations and Garment sectors.

Peter Pawlicki

Currently living in Germany, Pawlicki has over 15 years of experience in research on the globalization of the electronics industry and its effects on working conditions and workers’ rights. He serves as the director of outreach and education at Electronics Watch, an organization that fights for responsible public procurement as a way of promoting decent working conditions in the supply chain of electronic products.

Patxi Fernández

A former Amazon employee, he is a CNT member who has been punished for his union membership. He was part of the first group that worked to open Amazon’s logistics centre in El Prat de Llobregat, where he was part of the Outbound Department (packing and shipping). He is currently involved in activism against Amazon and the new forms of exploitation used by big corporations.

Esther Caballé

Esther Caballé holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from the UAB with a specialization in international relations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in international cooperation for development and humanitarian action from the UOC. She is currently the director of CCOO Catalunya’s Fundació Pau i Solidaritat, where she has also worked as an expert in international cooperation.

Socially Responsible Public Procurement

This panel will focus on the power of socially responsible public procurement in improving working conditions in the electronics industry. We will discuss the potential for influence in how the public sector applies social clauses in its purchase of ICT products and in monitoring contracts. This will include a look at two practical cases, with the Barcelona City Council and APUC’s experience as affiliates of Electronics Watch. We will also discuss how to face gender inequality in the supply chain through public procurement.

Carla Canal

A political scientist with a master’s degree in public policy and international cooperation, she has worked on the coherence of public policies for sustainable development both for the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council. She currently works in the Department for Global Justice and International Cooperation of the Barcelona City Council.

Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin has 18 years of experience in procurement functions in both the public and private sectors. He spent nine years working in international manufacturing settings, first in electronics and then in the automotive sector, before moving on to the educational sector. He currently manages the procurement of information services at APUC, one of the founding members of Electronics Watch. McLaughlin works to promote collaboration, sustainable supply chains and circular procurement.

Josefine Hintz

Josefine Hintz works with ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement Team, providing support for global and European projects like Make ICT Fair, AI4Cities, Global Lead Cities Network, the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Public Procurement Programme or Circular PP. Previously, she studied at the MSc program in Sustainable Urbanism at UCL’s The Bartlett. She has also worked as an associate researcher at UCL’s Circular Cities Hub in London, UK.

Mercè Corretja

The general director of Public Procurement for the Government of Catalonia since February 2016, Corretja holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate degree in law from the UB and a master’s degree in Catalan law from the UAB. She is a member of the Legal Counsel for the Government of Catalonia and has served as the deputy director of the Legal Services of the Government of Catalonia and the Institute for Self-Government Studies, where she has held a range of positions. Corretja has served as an associate professor of Administrative Law at Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Barcelona.

The Extractive Industry: Social and Environmental Impacts

This session will start with the viewing of the audio-visual report Lithium Extraction in Chile (2019) by Danwatch, part of a broader journalistic investigation. This will be followed by the presentation of a report on the social and environmental impacts suffered by the workers in a mining area in Bolivia, where mining communities face severe human rights violations and serious damage to the local environment. Then, International Rights Advocates will explain the recent lawsuit presented in the United States in the name of 14 Congolese families against tech giants Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla for their contribution to child slavery. Finally, we will address greenwashing in the North and how green marketing can be misleading.

Charlotte Christiaens

Charlotte Christiaens holds a master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology with a specialization in Latin America. As a CATAPAcoordinator, she has spent over a decade working with communities affected by mining activity. Christiaens is currently involved in the Make ICT Fair Project, which is focused on transparency and traceability in the mineral supply chain.

Terry Collingsworth

Terry Collingsworth is the founder and executive director of the International Rights Advocats organization. He has been involved in advocacy in the United States for over 35 years, specializing in international human rights lawsuits. Collingsworth has worked all over the world, from India and West Africa to most countries in South America, taking on a wide range of rights issues. Recently, he has focused on preventing multinational corporations from violating the human rights of children who are forced by poverty and other issues to work in the global supply chain.

Alfons Pérez

An engineer with a master’s degree in sustainability from the UPC, Alfons Pérez is a member of the l’Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (Observatory on Debt in Globalization). Pérez has focused his work on the world of energy, climate and finance, and has analysed the consequences of fossil fuel extraction and European energy policies abroad, the role of public financial institutions in the energy transition and the impact of mega-infrastructure projects. He is also a member of Catalonia’s Xarxa per la Sobirania Energètica (Network for Energy Sovereignty) and, since 2020, of Rebel·lió pel Clima (Climate Rebellion), an international climate justice campaign.

Santiago Sáez

Santiago Sáez is a journalist and translator. He collaborated with and led La Marea’s climate coverage for four years until the creation of Climàtica in June 2019. Sáenz currently coordinates the publication, which specializes in the climate crisis. He has also written for international publications such as Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera or Mongabay. Previously, Sáenz worked as a producer in the news department of the international television network CNBC. He holds a master’s degree in journalism, media and globalization from the University of Aarhus and the City University of London.

Consumer Alternatives to ICTs – Towards a Fairer, More Democratic Model

In this final panel, we will present three consumer alternatives in ICTs, from efficient recycling to options that guarantee the rights of others. In spite of their diversity, these proposals share a common objective: promoting a fairer, more responsible consumer model for ICTs.

Mireia Roura

Mireia Roura is an environmental biologist with a degree from the University of Barcelona (UB), a master’s degree in journalism (Columbia University and UB) and a master’s degree in corporate social responsibility, accounting and social auditing (UB). Roura has worked on a number of environmental projects and has 10 years of experience in scientific and environmental communication and media outreach. For the last four years, she has served as project manager in the construction of eReuse circuits to promote the reuse, certification, traceability and final recycling of electronic devices.

Ramon Roca

Ramon Roca holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Barcelona but has focused his career on information technologies, holding positions in the corporate field for over thirty years. He is the co-founder and current president of Guifi.net.

Oriol Alfambra

In May of 2017, messengers in Barcelona for companies like Deliveroo, Glovo or UberEats created the trade union campaign RidersXDerechos to defend their rights. These messengers have protested and gone on strike in opposition to their condition as falsely self-employed. A number have been fired as a result, and have denounced their situation before the courts. In April 2018, they created Mensakas SCCL, a cooperative run by its workers; Oriol Alfambra is a co-founder of the company.

Jordi Rojas

Jordi Rojas has a basic teacher training and has a degree in History, specializing in the field of university public administration. He has worked for many years in the university world, managing the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge to society. Later he has worked on training projects for insertion, and in recent years he has worked in the world of social and solidarity economics. He is currently the chairman of Opcions magazine.