By Emily Chung
June 24, 2009
A hard drive containing information about multimillion-dollar U.S.
defence contracts was obtained in Ghana by a group of Vancouver
journalism students as they probed what happens to developed nations'
discarded and donated electronics.
"It's pretty shocking," said Blake Sifton, one of three UBC graduate
journalism students who purchased the device containing information
related to contracts between the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland
Security and military contractor Northrop Grumman. The hard drive cost
the students just $40.
"You'd think a security contractor that constantly deals with very
secret proprietary information would probably want to wipe their
drives," Sifton said Tuesday.
He visited Ghana for 10 days in February with classmates Heba Elasaad
and Krysia Collyer and Prof. Dan McKinney while making the documentary
Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground for an international reporting course.
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