Digital Communities

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

iFixit




URL:
http://www.ifixit.com

iFixit is an international, open-source, online repair manual for everything. Our mission is to teach everyone to fix their things. We provide people with the knowledge to make their stuff work for as long as possible. We believe that repair saves money, fosters independence and protects the planet. Our culture is filled with innovative engineers and beautiful designs. But our desire for new products has fostered a throwaway culture. Manufacturers are adding proprietary measures to prevent repair and our repair shops (and skills) have diminished. But people cannot afford to keep throwing away cell phones every two years or throw clothes into the trash every time seams tear. It is important to get every bit of functionality from the things we own before we safely recycle or repurpose them. If everyone had free access to repair manuals for everything—if we could replace the throwaway culture for a repair culture—we would see social, environmental, and economical improvements around the world.

The iFixit digital community is diverse and growing. In 2013, we taught repair skills to over 40 million people from almost every country and published over 10,000, crowd-sourced repair guides. People everywhere are providing a continuous stream of information by writing step-by-step repair manuals, participating in forums and telling their repair stories. Every year, over 20 million tons of e-waste is produced globally. People are throwing away devices—from appliances to game consoles—just because of cracked screens or insufficient RAM. Often—if devices are not left to molder in drawers—they are shipped overseas into developing regions, where they are burned for their raw materials. Worse, communities that are burning the e-waste do not know that they are breathing in toxic chemicals such as mercury and lead. Even recycling is not as effective as we would like to think. There are critical rare earths inside every electronic device, and most are not salvageable. For example, cell phones are composed of 500-1000 components and it is too difficult or too expensive to separate them out. Recycling is better than throwing away, but it is not the solution. Our community has banded together to fight obsolescence in many forms. Our cell-phone unlocking campaign, Free Our Phones, which involved a White House petition with over 100,000 signatures, recently led to the US House of Representatives passing a bill that could legalize cell-phone unlocking. Our repair pledge is activating people to pledge that they are moving beyond being consumers.

We cannot keep producing billions of electronic devices every year, and we cannot rely on recycling alone. Repair is necessary, now more than ever. Because repair will give your things second, third, and fourth lives—meaning less stuff in landfills, other countries, and in recycling markets. iFixit will continue to expand its range of repair manuals. We are preparing a collection of outdoor equipment and bike repair tutorials, and developing partnerships with leading manufacturers such as Patagonia. We are expanding internationally much faster than in the US. We recently launched German, Italian, French, and Dutch versions—and we will be adding more languages and expanding our translations throughout 2014. Each of us has a responsibility to keep things working as long as possible and to dispose of them properly. Being responsible is easy: sell or donate stuff you no longer need to people who can reuse it. Repair things you can still use, and recycle it when there is no longer any use for it. We are making great progress, but we have a long way to go.

Biography:

iFixit

iFixit is the international, open-source, online repair manual for everything. Founded in 2003, by Kyle Wiens and Luke Soles, iFixit’s thousands of repair manuals and product teardowns have helped teach repair to people all over the world. Their mission is to provide people with the knowledge to make their things work for as long as possible. Because they believe that repair saves money, fosters independence and protects the planet.