What are the working and living conditions of the people who mine Coltan?

Write a biography of an iphone, what are the components of the phone, where do they come from, start with Coltan, an essential mineral mined in the DRC, which produce more than 80 percent of the words Coltan, ask yourself the following questions

1. What are the working and living conditions of the people who mine Coltan?
2. How is it produced, are the child laborers involved?
3. How do the producers get the Coltan to the market?
4. How are the prices set?
5.Which international corporations dominate the coltan trade? who regulates it?
6. What are the other components of an iphone, where are they made?, where is the iphone assembled?
7. How is an iphone marketed?
8. Where did you buy it?


9. How much profit does a store make on an iphone?
10. Are there hidden costs that are not included in the price you paid?, consider under payment of labor, environmental impact, government subsidies that are direct and indirect (Infrastructure such as roads, ports bridges and water systems) and the helathe care costs created by mining, transporting and processing the component parts. How are these costs obscured.

11. Now that you have gathered some information about components of an iphone, write it’s biography. Tell the story of it’s life from the sourcig of it’s components to production and consumption.

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