UBC journalism students help map digital dumping grounds

The many macs of the UBC School of Journalism. Let's try to hold on to them for a long time!

The many macs of the UBC School of Journalism. Let's try to hold on to them for a long time!

“Waste is shipped here because nobody–meaning nobody in Europe or the United States–wants it in their own backyard”
~Mike Anane, Ghana-based environmental journalist

Do you ever think about e-waste? Do you wonder where your discarded cameras, cell phones, and computers go when you decide you want something spiffier?

In 2009, A team of UBC grad students tracked the trails of e-waste to three countries: Ghana, India and China. They did this as a part of the school of journalism’s international reporting course.

The students probably had no idea that they would end up discovering serious instances of cybercrime (which even put sensitive US government documents at risk) as well as exploring extreme human health risks in underprivileged communities.

Rather than re-hash their findings, I encourage you to watch their compelling documentary, which was created under the leadership of our professor, Peter Klein.

Click here to watch “Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground”

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