Thanks for the article! I'm the Community Manager at Fairphone, and I just wanted to keep the discussion going with some additional points. Would love to hear what other people think:
- Sadly, there is no "fully repairable phone". We'd love to see that happen, but it just doesn't exist yet. We have taken some steps to make it easier to repair locally and will be designing repair guides.
- It is impossible to check all of the supply chain with the first product. But this is our vision for the future, and we have started having a quite good overview of it. We are designing a source map with the information we have. The phone is the tool to get there. But it will take some iterations.
- Even though it contains Conflict-free materials, we can't say it is 100% conflict free. For us it's really important to specifically source conflict free materials FROM the DRCongo. More info on that at Solutions Network: solutions-network.org.
- Operative systems need to be developed (coded) for specific devices. We are making steps in engaging with open source communities to help us here. But a lot needs to be done and won't be ready before the release of the first phone.
- Please check out our great partners who our experts in their fields: Closing the Loop on e-waste programs (http://closingtheloop.eu/); Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (http://solutions-network.org/site-cfti/); Solutions for Hope on conflict-free tantalum (http://solutions-network.org/site-solutionsforhope/); Kwamecorp, working on top of the Android OS for great user experience (http://www.kwamecorp.com/).
We don't do this alone! :) Join us! Write me if you'd like to know more or help: joe[at]fairphone.com