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A Circular Commons for Digital Devices: Tools and Services in Ereuse.Org

TitleA Circular Commons for Digital Devices: Tools and Services in Ereuse.Org
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsFranquesa, D, Navarro, L, Bustamante, X
Conference NameProceedings of the Second Workshop on Computing within Limits
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number9781450342605
Keywordscircular economy, digital devices, reuse, traceability, WEEE
AbstractCircular economies are particularly relevant in the context of digital devices or electric and electronic equipment (EEE). Many digital devices built using scarce and potentially toxic materials have a too-short life, instead of being repaired or reused. In addition, informal recycling of electronics in the developed and developing world has emerged as a new global environmental concern. We describe the dimensions of the problem, the challenge to move to a circular economy, and the ecology for digital devices as well as how this depends on the traceability of devices and cooperation among all stakeholders locally and globally. Moreover we examine the need for support mechanisms to facilitate, standardise, and reduce the transaction cost of the processes and increase their added value. We present, a set of open-source tools, procedures, open data, and services organised as a common-pool resource (CPR) to reach the circular economy of electronics through promoting reuse and ensuring traceability until recycling. Further, envisions empowering and engaging people around the world to create local communities that bootstrap electronic reuse and to support the development of a globally recognised reuse quality and traceability standard.