Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The problem with EWaste, Part 1

EWaste, that ever growing mountain of discarded electronic parts, has been on my mind for some time.

I gave a talk about a year ago at Lunch Bunch networking group of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce on the improper disposal of ewaste in third world countries. I had intended to follow that with practical steps on what the local small business could do to make sure their ewaste was disposed of correctly. Alas, so many things to do...

Anyway, tonight PBS had a special on Ewaste disposal in Ghana. Powerful stuff! The full video, Ghana:Digital Dumping Ground, is available on line. Very revealing information on SSNs, checking accounts, passwords, defense contractor documents, etc that were found on the hard drives in Ghana. Watch and Learn!

I will be back to add to this issue. Just need to do some more research...


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