Mobile Social Congress

Program 2018

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:

Jardins del Pou de la Figuera, Barcelona
from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fair Electronics Exhibition
from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Restart Party: Repair workshop
from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Live music: Three Cool Cats swing concert
from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mobile Social Congress 2022 and online

  • Yago Álvarez, El Salto Diario - Economista

Welcome and presentation
from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  • David Llistar, Ajuntament de Barcelona
  • Elena Romagosa, SETEM Catalunya

Fragility and COVID-19 in the semiconductor industry
from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Moderator: Sara Domínguez, Ingeniería sin Fronteras / SETEM Catalunya

  • Shelters for migrant workers in Taiwan
    Lennon Wong, Serve the people association
  • Why is there a semiconductor crisis and how does it impact us?
    Peter Pawlicki, Electronics Watch

New areas for socially responsible public procurement
from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Moderator: Olga Martín-Ortega, University of Greenwich

  • How much does Amazon make from public procurement in Europe?
    Stan De Spiegelaere, Uniglobal Europe
  • State imposed Uyghur forced labor in China
    Kristin Talbo, ADDA

from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Union busting practices in the united states and the philippines
from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Moderator: Gemma Friedman, UNISON

  • Challenges faced in organizing a labour union in Amazon Staten Island, New York
    Chris Smalls, Amazon Labor Union (ALU)
  • Government union repression in the Philippines
    Mary Ann Castillo, Nexperia Phils Inc Workers Union

from 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

El Born- Centre de Cultura i Memòria- Sala Moragues and online

  • Lluís Freixes, Catalunya Ràdio

from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Importation of poor working conditions to central and eastern european factories
from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Interviewer: Lluís Freixes, Catalunya Ràdio

  • Rutvica Andrijasevic, University of Bristol

The myths of the green transition
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Moderator: Quique Gornés, Ajuntament de Barcelona

  • Greenwashing and electric vehicles
    Alfons Pérez, Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG)
  • Environmental and community impacts: lithium mines in Serbia
    Marina Pavlic, Kreni Promeni
  • Innovative projects: recycling of electric batteries in Catalonia
    Toni Dorado, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Technology: enemy or ally?
from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Moderator: Carlos Bajo, Wiriko

  • Mass surveillance by the state and corporate powers in the name of public health and safety
    Nora Miralles, Organització Drets Humans i Empreses a la Mediterrània (ODHE)
  • Empowerment and cyberactivism processes in Africa
    Aisha Dabo, AfricTivistes

from 8:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

* All panels will have simultaneous translation to English.