Mobile Social Congress is an annual event organized by SETEM Catalonia. This year, the MSC took the theme of “Without Signal, Post Covid-19 impact on the electronics industry.” The event has two forms: online panel and roundtable discussion on 5 and 6 of May; and MSC on the street, 27 – 29 June 2021.
The first day of the MSC presented three roundtable discussions. The first roundtable discussed different impacts linked to mining activities, human rights violations, and responsible mining. The second roundtable discussed socially responsible public procurement and how it can influence the improvement of working conditions in the electronics supply chain. The last roundtable of the first day discussed barriers to Freedom of Association in the electronics industry, taking the case of Indonesia, the Uyghur community in China in the electronics industry, and women workers in the Philippines who pay the real price of electronics production.
On the second day, May 6, 2021, the first roundtable discussed the illegal ‘trade’ of e-waste from generally advanced countries to third world countries and how Ghana become the e-waste dumpsite. Electronics circular economy and how a consumer could play an important part in the lifecycle of electronics products was the theme of the second panel.
The next roundtable discussed the algorithm of the social network and how our data is used and controlled. Discussion on the available alternatives and local initiatives closed the second day and this year’s MSC.