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The Eyes of the World: Mining the Digital Age in the Eastern DR Congo

James H. Smith


The digital devices that seem to define our era exist not only because of the innovations of figures in Silicon Valley but because of the extraction of dense, artisanally mined substances like tantalum, tin, and tungsten (referred to by the “international community” as the “3 Ts”). In the tentatively postwar eastern DR Congo, where dispossession has reoriented many people’s lives around artisanal mining, these minerals are socially dense, fueling movement and innovative collaborations that encompass diverse actors, geographies, temporalities, and dimensions. Focusing on the miners and traders ... More

Keywords: digital capitalism, extraction, dispossession, value transformation, movement/mobility, conflict minerals, conflict minerals legislation, digital minerals, peace building, war economies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226774350
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226816050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James H. Smith, author
University of California, Davis