Every year, “Earth Overshoot Day” is an awful day on the Anthropocene calendar. It is the day in the year by which humans will have taken more from the earth than the planet can naturally renew. This year, Earth Overshoot Day coincides with World Wide Web day.
We respond to a mini documentary about ‘Dr. Tesla Frankenstein’ who shares the obstacles to DIY repairs of Tesla cars. He is a firm believer in the right to repair and poses very important questions about ownership and the future.
The company asked people to queue in Soho for the opportunity to smash up their existing mobile phone, and win a new mobile. We immediately shared our disgust with this spectacle, which seemed to promote destruction of functioning mobiles, that could have second and third lives.
Proprietary augmented reality (AR) software also offers up the possibility to outsource the troubleshooting and problem solving work in physical repairs – turn them more into mechanical, low-paid grunt work. We present the positive alternative.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve been granted two years funding from Nesta and the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to actively promote Restart Parties and spread community repair across England.
Problems with the electronics and appliances are endemic, and industry is increasingly taking away our right to repair products, let alone making better products. We’re tired of the “take, make and dispose” economy, and there is a role for regulation. Enter Europe.
“Internet health” has multiple, connected meanings. And the crisis in trust goes far beyond privacy concerns, it reaches deep into other connected institutions: electronic supply chains, threats to the “right to repair” and recycling systems.
Thanks to Dave Pickering, who has now produced 30 engaging documentary podcasts for us! This is a real milestone. Besides Ugo and Janet, he is the person who has been longest working for The Restart Project.