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Your right to repair

Electronic waste is piling up, but advocates have a plan to fight back

Not too long ago, consumers with broken electronics – everything from smashed phones to cracked dishwashers – would turn to independent repair shops for help. That’s slowly becoming a thing of the past.

A new generation of devices that are purposely difficult to mend, either through design, legal copyright or encrypted software, are leaving frustrated consumers with fewer repair options. It’s a problem that’s costing them money and creating an ever-growing pile of e-waste, drawing the ire of environmentalists, repair advocates and activists.

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