Recent Midd grad Brian Fung ’10 breaks down the geopolitics of the iPhone for Foreign Policy magazine. He does a great job analyzing the larger implications of the growing popularity of iPhones and other gadgets.
His first section on the iPhone’s use of coltan, the mineral that is likely in whatever gadget you’re reading this on now, is part of a large amount of press the mineral has gotten recently. In the Congo, various rebel groups keep themselves afloat by trading coltan. This week, Nicholas Kristof (another recent Middlebury degree recipient!) wrote his column on the issue. He calls the war in the Congo the most barbaric war he’s ever reported on — and discusses how coltan contributes to funding the war. The Times also ran an Op-Ed on rape in the Congo.
You can check out more of Brian’s work here.