FreeGeek Wireless

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Free Geek as both an environmental and social change organization chose to investigate the possibility of using wireless technology at our community center. We believe that before anyone decides to use this technology, the following points should be taken into consideration.

Clinical studies have indicated short and possibly long-term health effects and manufacturers cannot be trusted to provide adequate information. Wireless technology is similar to that of cellular technology and therefore may also affect migratory bird patterns on its own and perhaps in conjunction. In addition, the mining of tantalum has a detrimental effect on the environment. Tantalum is often used in such small quantities that it's hard to collect enough of it to be cost effectively recycled . Therefore, manufacturers re-use less, if at all. We believe the providers of this technology should demonstrate the safety and ethics of wireless before releasing it on a grand scale.

Currently, Free Geek cannot provide everyone with the tools to partake in this technology, therefore reinforcing the divide between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'. This also encourages the consumption of new hardware and discourages the exploration of the use of older hardware that is still serviceable and that we can still support. We feel that convenience should not be the main consideration when deciding which technological tools to use, but that a community should consider the environmental and social implications of its choices when adopting new technology.

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