Dr. Josh Lepawsky, who leads the Reassembling Rubbish project, has just released interactive visualizations of global e-waste flows. The visualizations draw on data available from the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development. The dataset assembled by Dr. Lepawsky and a team of graduate students is part of a larger investigation into the trade and traffic of discarded electronics (often referred to as ‘e-waste’).
The visualizations require java and work best in Firefox or Safari and can be found at the following link:
Interested readers can also access free peer-reviewed papers associated with the dataset. These papers situate the data underlying the interactive visualizations in analytic detail.