In the emerging literature, found especially in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS), the fundamental importance of maintenance and repair to the very possibility of social continuity is being recognized. There are literal and figurative lessons to be learned about how collective life might be more amiably and justly organized in a world "altered beyond return (though not necessarily beyond repair)" (Jackson, 2014: 221-222). In our own work, we examine the maintenance and repair of information and communication technologies (ICT) as questions of economic, ecological, and social importance. Following the action of these practices is our way in to both the more straightforward implications of ICT maintenance and repair (e.g., what sort of job prospects does the sector offer, for whom, where, and under what conditions?), but also its more figurative aspects as well (e.g., how does ICT stand in for both the dreams of technological futurity as well as the nightmares of social and environmental breakdown signified by electronic waste?).