Ph.D. Student, Pennsylvania State University
Jenna Grzeslo received her bachelor's degree in communication arts and political science from the University of Wisconsin. As an undergraduate, she conducted research with the McNair Scholar's Program. Following the completion of her master's degree in communications from the University of Hartford, she worked as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in mass communications, human communications and media literacy. During that time, Grzeslo also managed a community technology center where she designed and taught free information literacy courses in an urban and predominantly low-income community. Due to her value of technology and equal access to information, it is not surprising that her research focuses on the digital divide. As a Ph.D. student and research assistant for the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Consortium at Penn State, she explores the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on economic and social development at the community level.
Young Scholar 2
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Mobile phone proliferation is expanding worldwide, which is leading to an increase in end-of-life mobile devices. End-of-life mobile devices can be reused, recycled, or become electronic waste (e-waste). While e-waste contains valuable materials, it also contains harmful chemicals which when not handled properly can harm individuals, livestock, and water supplies. Case studies of individual’s countries revealed that e-waste disposal is governed individually country to country, and practices for mobile phone disposal vary greatly in the developed versus in the developing world. The objective of this paper is to present mobile phone disposal, a contributing factor to the increase in e-waste, as an international, telecommunications issue. This study concludes with recommendations for future policies and initiatives, which operate from a global perspective.