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:



WELCOME AND PRESENTATION OF MOBILE SOCIAL CONGRESS 2021

9:30 (CET)
David Llistar, Barcelona City Council
Elena Romagosa, SETEM Catalunya

VOICES OF RESISTANCE IN THE MINES IN TIMES OF COVID

10:00 - 11:00 (CET)
Impacts of COVID-19 on large scale mining and artisanal mining in DRC
Emmanuel Umpula, Executive Director, African Resources Watch.

Espinar case, Peru: Criminalisation of human rights defenders and toxic pollution in the communities
Karem Luque Ticona/ Helio Cruz Chuchullo, Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras (DHSF)

Equitable Governance, Transparency and Continuous Improvement: Key Elements of a Credible Mining Certification System
Rebecca Burton, IRMA (Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance)

Moderator: Octavio Romano, Alboan

THE POWER OF RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT IN THE ELECTRONICS SECTOR

11:00 - 11:45 (CET)
Linking Bolivian minerals to the European industry
Silke Ronsse, CATAPA

Inclusion of social clauses, including mining in public procurement in Stavanger Municipality, Norway
Elin Seveholdt, Stavanger Municipality

Interview: Electronics Watch terms of engagement with Responsible Business Alliance and next steps
Peter Pawlicki, Electronics Watch

Moderator:Carla Canal, Ajuntament de Barcelona

Pause 11:45 - 12:00 (CET)

FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND JUSTICE, THE CHALLENGES IN THE GLOBAL ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY

12:00 - 13:00 (CET)
Barriers to freedom of association in the electronics industry: the case of Indonesia
Jeroen Merk, University of Edinburgh / Fahmi Panimbang , LIPS

Uighur forced labour in the electronics supply chain and beyond
Heather White, Documentary Filmmaker and Research Consultant

Toxic tech in The Philippines: how women in ICT supply chains are more affected
Olof Björnsson, Swedwatch

Moderator:Dina Septi, Good Electronics

Closure of the day 13:00 (CET)


INTRODUCTION OF THE DAY

9:45 (CET)

FROM USEFUL DEVICE IN THE NORTH TO HARMFUL E-WASTE IN THE SOUTH

10:00 - 10:45 (CET)
Illegal traffic of electric and electronic waste
Elvira Cámara, Researcher and Ecologistas en Acción activist

Experiences from one of the world's largest electronic waste dumps: Agbogbloshie, Ghana
Wolfgang Mac- Din, Help the African Child

Moderator:Sara Domínguez, Ingeniería sin Fronteras/ SETEM

CIRCULAR ECONOMY OR HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR DEVICES

10:45 - 11:45 (CET)
The future of the Right to Repair in Europe: opportunities and challenges of ambitious legislation
Chloé Mikolajczak, European Right to Repair Campaigner

Reparability score in France: implementation and challenges
Laetitia Vasseur, Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée

How can we measure the durability of our devices?
David Franquesa, eReuse

Moderator:Zuzana Prochazkova, Reparaibly

Pause 11:45 - 12:00 (CET)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE A ‘LIKE’?

12.00 h - 12.50 h
Interview: Discriminatory algorithms on social networks
Lola Burgueño, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Energy wastage and data consumption
Jose María Enríquez, Universidad de Valladolid (Uva)

Who controls your data? The GAFAM monopoly
Jessica Izquierdo Castillo - Universidad Jaume I (UJI)

Moderator:Ekaitz Cancela, journalist

ALTERNATIVES AND LOCAL INITIATIVES

12:50 - 13:30 (CET)
App RecyclePoints: Promoting recycling and use of public transport
Technolleida girls

Reconditioning of mobiles for covid patients in hospitals and schools
Isabel Garcia Baños, e-ways

Internet access and repair and distribution of mobiles for refugees and migrants in Calais
Mark Byrne, Refugee Info Bus

Moderator:Marta Anglès, SETEM Catalunya

CLOSURE OF THE MOBILE SOCIAL CONGRESS 2021

13:30 (CET)

* All panels will have simultaneous translation to English.