Mobile Social Congress

Program 2021

Without Signal – Post-COVID-19 impacts on the electronic industry

MSC 2021 will be structured in two different formats: the first, virtual, on 5 and 6 May, which will consist of workshops and roundtables that will allow us to dive deeper into the social and environmental violations present across the electronic supply chains. The second format, in person and on the street, will be held on 27, 28 and 29 June with a wide range of activities.

On 5 May, MSC 2021 will open with the inauguration and presentation of this year’s congress, followed by a roundtable in which the different impacts linked to mining activity, exacerbated by COVID-19, will be presented, by exemplifying specific cases of violations of human, labour and environmental rights seen by local communities, and presenting the concept of responsible mining and its foundations. We will continue with a roundtable in which we will talk about the power of Socially Responsible Public Procurement to influence the improvement of conditions in electronics, presenting the problems represented by the export of minerals to Europe, and sharing good practices of public administrations and organisations to tackle problems in the field of mining and manufacturing. Finally, the challenges faced by workers in the industry, deepened by COVID-19 will be discussed, with emphasis on freedom of association, forced labour, and the hardship suffered by women in terms of exposure to chemicals.

On 6 May there will be a panel on the illegal trafficking of electronic devices to developing countries, and its effects on local communities. Next, we will present the legislative projects at the EU level on the Right to Repair and the Circular Economy, and discuss different initiatives, both at the governmental and institutional level, to promote the repairability of devices in order to

challenge planned obsolescence. We will continue with a panel in which we will discuss the social and environmental impacts of data consumption, including the discriminatory tendency and biases of certain algorithms, the emissions linked to the use of data, and the influence of certain business groups in the trafficking and use of personal data. Finally, space will be given to different social technology initiatives that offer solutions to the new social and environmental challenges we face as a society.

We are committed to a congress that is a space for knowledge, exchange and reflection on ICT, and that is at the service of all members of society in the full range of their sensibilities. We hope to see you there in large numbers!

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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)