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Cracking Down on Conflict Minerals

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Electronics companies face new rules on minerals mined in war zones - In the jungles and mountains of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, battles are raging, part of a 13-year-long civil war. Most of the world has paid little attention to the murder and rape that still dominates life in the DRC's eastern provinces. But U.S. electronics companies like HP, Intel, and Apple recently became deeply interested, thanks to a provision on "conflict minerals" that was slipped into a 2010 financial reform law, the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 12 )