TAG: Indonesia

Using Old Android Phones to Thwart Illegal Logging


The inherent power and capabilities of smartphones, even outdated ones, make them great candidates for repurposing to help with conservation efforts. Because of their ability to send and receive data, as well as use the onboard microphone and networking features, smartphones, powered by solar panels, are being deployed as a rainforest surveillance system to help slow deforestation due to illegal logging in Indonesia. The idea, from Rainforest Connection, is that the smartphones can be installed at various locations in the rainforest, complete with a small solar panel to provide the energy, and used to continuously monitor the noises nearby. When… read more

Ethically Manufactured Gadgets

Ethical Electronics

With huge global demand for electronic gadgets especially mobile phones, the need for the minerals to build these electronic devices has sky-rocketed. But have we really considered where and how these minerals are produced? A report last year in Business Week uncovered how tin, a vital element in the production of our favorite gadgets, is mined under horrendous conditions for the workers. The article brought to light an horrific story which has been ignored up to now in the headlong rush to acquire the latest mobile technology. Not just tin, but many other component minerals are mined in Indonesia, where mining is a hazardous… read more