Bandi Mbubi would like to make sure that you are using a fair trade cell phone.

Why you should listen

Bandi Mbubi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, experiencing first hand the political unrest and oppression which have since worsened there. As a student activist, Bandi suffered persecution and fled the country, seeking political asylum in the U.K. But Mbubi has kept his home country on his radar, noting how the mining of tantalum -- a mineral used in cell phones and computers -- has fueled the ongoing war there in which 5 million have died.

While Mbubi sees the cell phone as an instrument of oppression for this reason, he knows that phones can also bring great freedom. And so he has formed CongoCalling.org, a campaign to inspire both the public and companies that make electronics to pay attention to how tantalum used in consumer electronics is mined and traded.

Mbubi is also the Director of the Manna Society, a center for the homeless in South London, and a Trustee of Church Action on Poverty.

 

Bandi Mbubi’s TED talks

Bandi Mbubi on the TED Blog

Technology

How can you help push for fair trade cell phones?

September 21, 2012

Bandi Mbubi has conflicting feelings about his cell phone. On the one hand, Mbubi — who fled his native country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as a student activist fearing for his safety — has seen firsthand the ability of cell phones to connect people in the formerly cut-off part of the world. In […]

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Quotes from Bandi Mbubi

It is time to be asking questions about technology. Where does it come from? Who makes it? And for what?
Bandi Mbubi
TEDxExeter • 477K views Sep 2012
Informative, Persuasive