Jennie Spector, Conflict-Free in the Congo, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages 39-41 ( Abstract: While humanity's use of electronics is tainted with unpleasant aspects—ranging from the need for "suicide nets" under the windows of Chinese iPhone factories to the numerous op-eds lamenting the loss of face-to-face connections—perhaps no consequence has been as dire as the brutal violence seen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This devastation, manifesting in warfare over mineral mines, has been long underamplified. A new wave of hope, however, may be rising as the positive impacts of a provision in the United States’ 2010's Dodd–Frank Act, requiring businesses to publicly disclose any use of conflict minerals originating in the DRC or an adjoining country, come to light. If you own an electronic device, you own minerals that were mined in the DRC. The country is said to have a "resource curse,"2 and the contents of its land have been usurped by Belgian colonization in the 1870s, "Africa's World War" from 1998 to 2003, and the death of 5.4 million people … Topics: Business; Conflict Resolution; Technology; Violence