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Invisible UsersYouth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana$
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Jenna Burrell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017367

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017367.001.0001

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The Import of Secondhand Computers and the Dilemma of Electronic Waste

The Import of Secondhand Computers and the Dilemma of Electronic Waste

(p.159) 7 The Import of Secondhand Computers and the Dilemma of Electronic Waste
Invisible Users

Jenna Burrell

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the import of an increasing number of used computers into Ghana and associated electronics waste handling issues being faced by the authorities. An increase in the number of Internet users in the country has led to the increased import of used computers for Internet cafes in Accra and other urban centres in the country along with Internet service providers. These used computers wear out after extensive use and add to the problem of piling electronics wastes. Government agencies and authorities are facing significant challenges in handling such waste due to the lack of an appropriate infrastructure. The chapter suggests that a suitable environment of distribution, repair, and disposal are required to address this problem.

Keywords:   computers, electronics waste, Internet users, Internet cafes, Accra

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