Fairphone 2 was launched at the end of 2015 as the second implementation of the successful Fairphone, which was the first ever ‘ethical smartphone’ to be produced back in 2013. One of the many advantages of the Fairphone 2 is that it is a step in the right direction for reducing e-waste. Even with the Waste Electrical and Elelctronic Equipment Directive in place – the WEEE Regulations – there is still a growing problem worldwide with electronic waste.
The Fairphone is produced by an Amsterdam-based social enterprise and its production is also improving the working conditions for the people working on manufacturing it in China, which is good news for a company suffering serious health and environmental impacts because of it’s willingness to import much of the world’s electronic waste to dispose of in huge landfill sites.
Yet another advantage of the Fairphone that enables it to be described as an ethical smartphone is that it does not use any materials in its production that have come from conflict mines.
60,000 people that bought the original phone so what’s new in the second version?
The Fairphone 2 aims to change the consumers “throwaway” attitude to electronic gadgets, which is contributing to the growing e-waste mountain. It has done this by being designed in such a way that it is easy to repair – a simple matter that could have a huge impact.
The phone can be opened easily, unlike many of its more well-known competitors, and it is built in a way that makes it easy to repair with spare parts readily available from fairphone.com. This easily-repairable design should encourage consumers to change their attitude towards a broken phone and make their first reaction one to try and have the problem fixed instead of assuming the only solution is to discard the old device and replace it with a new one. The Fairphone 2 is a step in the right direction towards a circular economy instead of the “take, make, use, dispose” attitude of our current linear economy.
If there is one thing we can all predict it is that Internet security is going to become ever more important. Unfortunately, one of the biggest threats to businesses nowadays is the possibility of a security breach. More and more companies now need to ensure their security strategy is as effective as it can be. Keeping that in mind, lets take a look at some of the trends we can expect to see in regards to Internet security.
Increased Threat To Mobile Devices
We can expect mobile phones to be the targets of many attacks throughout the year ahead. As the days go by our personal lives are becoming more connected with the digital world. From paying bills to checking emails, we use our phones for a whole host of different things that require inputting sensitive data. Unfortunately, mobile Internet has boomed at such a rate that the security features aren’t typically as sophisticated as we’d like. A lot of employees are using their phones at work and employers are encouraging a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. This further increases the risk. Thus, smart phones will undoubtedly continue to be vulnerable, yet we can also expect the security market to adapt to this and they will already be coming up with sophisticated strategies and approaches to make mobile networks less vulnerable.