Impacts of Digital Technology

As citizens in a first world country I believe we are unaware of how privileged we are to have easy access to the Internet. In Social, we recently learned about e-waste, which is discarded electronics. They are typically shipped to less-wealthy countries to be torn apart for the metals. We specifically learned about Coltan miners. Coltan is a metal used in almost every electronic. People in third world countries risk their lives and suffer to retrieve these metals from the devices. Almost every step of collecting these metals is completely unsafe. There is also a disturbing amount of child-labour in these countries, as these workers are being paid nearly nothing and still need to support their families. I hope that people can look deeper into this and spread the information about it with the world.

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