Fighting for the Right to Repair Electronic Devices

Originally published at: https://ethical.net/repair/right-to-repair-electronic-devices/

This fight shouldn’t be necessary. But the advent of fast electronics, the risk of prison terms for trying to extend computers’ lives, and the deterioration of sustainable practices over the last few decades has led to the inevitable: a global movement asking for the right to repair. In the 21st century, repairing your electronic device…

I think it’s worth noting that this is also a geographical thing. Most things are a lot more repairable in ‘less developed’ countries than they are in the US or Europe.

When I have had phones and other things break when I have been in ‘developing’ countries, I have usually just found little shops where someone will take it apart, diagnose a problem and fix it while you wait.

It’s still completely doable, it’s just not a thing in most of the ‘first world’ countries anymore.

That’s the problem: it’s not a thing because the big manufacturers don’t allow repairs by making their products impossible to repair by design or by making sure they are the only ones who can repair them, etc. Consumers in the US and Europe can afford to change devices often. I guess they have bigger fish to fry than control repairs in every country of the world :slight_smile: