“We demand fair trade food and fair trade clothes. It’s time to demand fair trade phones.” Our technology allows us to do incredible things, however conflict minerals and questionable working conditions are some of the dirty little secrets behind the inner workings of our devices. Check out this TED video for some background : http://blog.ted.com/2012/09/21/how-you-can-help-push-for-fair-trade-cell-phones/ Here is a list of actionable things you can do: Alert your politicians to the situation. Recycle your old electronics and keep your current electronics longer. Sign a petition for Tim Cook of Apple. Ask Samsung to change its policy. Write HTC and ask for a policy on conflict-free minerals. Ask your employer or university to start a campaign. Also, look up this blog http://blog.ted.com/2012/09/21/how-you-can-help-push-for-fair-trade-cell-phones/ and Congo Calling http://www.congocalling.org/ to get further involved.