Steven_Heckenluber3[1] - Steven Heckenluber Progress so-far...

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Steven Heckenluber Progress so-far In 2003, The Temple University Computer Recycling Center began as an initiative that aided in the disposal and redeployment of the unused university technological equipment with hopes of creating a greener outlook for the way we dispose of our technology for the future. While the computer recycling center has several goals, the mission of the computer recycling center is to, “gather old computer equipment from around the university, refurbish that equipment if possible, redeploy the equipment where appropriate, donate any unwanted usable equipment and lastly arrange for the proper disposal of all unusable equipment and scrap”. Some of the subtle underlining goals of the CRC are to extend a helping hand to the Philadelphia community and financially struggling university departments by refurbishing the existing unwanted equipment and then redeploying the equipment out to those who would otherwise not have access to technological equipment. An impetrative step prior to making these donations, however, is to clear out personal data from the equipment. Data security, according to Jonathan Latko, is also a primary goal for the computer recycling center. Now, more than ever, it is important to protect individuals’ personal information that they input into their technology. Such information as confidential health information, personal contacts, and other classified information can be detrimental if released into the wrong hands. The steps made on behalf of the computer recycling center to clear out this personal data out of used equipment is valuable to, not only, the users who used the equipment but also to the University, who could endure countless issues if they were found responsible for releasing the information. To date, Temple’s Computer Recycling Center has donated an astonishing 15,000 computers, 13,000 monitors, 4,000 printers, and 500 scanners. Furthermore, the computer recycling center is responsible for single handedly diverting one million pounds of technological equipment from landfills. On June 2, 2011 I met with Jonathan Latko of Temple Computer Recycling Center to discuss a few project ideas for the course project. Jonathan explained that he’s been working with the City of Philadelphia on an initiative to better connect the Philadelphia community through the use of community technology labs. Ultimately, the donations made on behalf of the CRC and the experiences of the organizations with the technology can provide valuable feedback to those concerned about how our community uses technology and where there may lay a technological void. The majority of the organizations that received donations are based in
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North Philadelphia, a section of Philadelphia that is unfortunately marked by poverty and underprivileged residents. The average household income is $27, 394 which leaves most families little to no money to invest in technology, specifically household computers. Evidently individuals in these North Philadelphia communities
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