Behind the shiny screen

Summary:Are we consuming technology products without thinking about what happens to the people who manufacture them?

Behind the shiny screen

On 6 May 2010, Foxconn quality control worker Lu Xin jumped from the sixth floor of an apartment complex in the technology manufacturer's campus in Shenzhen, China.


Lu had moved to Shenzhen to work for Foxconn so he could support his family in rural China. He worked hard to send back thousands of yuan back home.

His job was to enforce quality standards of products on the assembly line, but within months he was struggling to cope with the intense demands of the job which kept him at work until 9pm on most days.

He blogged about his feelings in October 2009.

"I came to this company for money. [But then I realised], this is a waste of my life and my future. In the first step of my adult life, I took the wrong path. I'm lost," he wrote.

Topics: Laptops, China, Hardware, Mobility


Mahesh Sharma earned his pen licence in his homeland, where he covered the technology industry for ZDNet, SMH, Sky Business News, and The Australian--first as an FTE, and later as a freelancer. The latter fueled his passion for startups and empowered a unique perspective on entrepreneurs' passion to solve problems using technology. Armed... Full Bio

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