An ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo...Warlords finance their predations in part through the sale of mineral ore containing tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold...used to make electrical capacitors that go into phones, computers and gaming devices.
As he points out, the solution to this problem starts with awareness and pressure on tech firms to play a more responsible role in purchasing minerals for their products. It looks like the message is being heard in DC too, with congress voting to keep a Conflict Minerals amendments in the Financial Reform Bill this last week. And for something a little cuter:
Op-Ed Columnist - Death by Gadget in Congo - NYTimes.com