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absurdity of the microelectronic revolution – the government app

11.08.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve just come across the news that soon Government will rely on decision making apps. According to the BBC: The app, which had the working title of Number 10 Dashboard, was developed by the Cabinet Office’s digital team – and pulls data from hundreds of data sources including Google, Twitter and Facebook. The Cabinet Office confirmed ...

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ironies of the microelectronic revolution: the scandal of tantalum mining

11.08.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The enthusiasm for the microelectronic revolution is dampened if one considers the social and environmental cost of the mobile phone – especially at the source: tantalum mining is a mired in exploitation, rape, and civil war. Alongside blood diamonds we should talk of “blood mobiles”. The irony? The mobile phone is the very device that ...

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