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Can You Trust Your Computer?
by Richard StallmanNewsForge.com
October 21st, 2002
Who should your computer take its orders from? Most people think their computers should obey them, not obey someone else. With a plan they call ''trusted computing,'' large media corporations (including the movie companies and record companies), together with computer companies such as Microsoft and Intel, are planning to make your computer obey them instead of you. Proprietary programs have included malicious features before, but this plan would make it universal.

Globalization: The Third Wave
by Roberto VerzolaThe Philippine Greens
February 5th, 1998
Roberto Verzola discusses the emergence of the global information economy as the third wave of globalization, a process that started with colonialism. This in depth analysis looks at how information monopolies are being used to artificially create information scarcity (and high profits) for corporate owners, such as Microsoft.

SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP): Organization and Campaign Information
SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP)
February 10th, 1997
The SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) is a sixteen year old multi-racial, statewide grassroots membership organization in New Mexico. SWOP's mission is to empower the disenfranchised in the Southwest to realize racial and gender equality, and social and economic justice. Our work focuses on increasing citizen participation and building leadership skills in low-income communities composed predominantly of people of color, so that we may play greater roles in public and corporate decision making which affects our lives and determines our future.

The Ordeal of Labor
by Kirkpatrick SaleRebels Against the Future
February 10th, 1997
The impact of technology on employment in all industrial nations has been dramatic and severe for the last two decades, but by the mid-1990s it was clear that what had been happening was evidence not of ''a transitional or temporary or cyclical problem,'' as Stephen Roach, the chief economist of Morgan Stanley, has put it, but of ''a lasting and structural problem.'' The problem is technology.

The Environmental Cost of Plastics
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
February 10th, 1997
Here are some of the environmental impacts of plastics used in the manufacturing of computers.

The Environmental Cost of Monitors
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
February 10th, 1997
The cathode ray tubes of monitors have four major components: glass panel (faceplate), shadow mask (aperture), electron gun (mount) and gas funnel. Along with producing electromagnetic fields, they produce the following pollutants.

The Environmental Cost of Printed Circuit Boards
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
February 10th, 1997
Printed circuit boards are the physical structures on which electronics components are mounted. Manufacturing is divided into five steps: board preparation, application of conductive coatings, soldering, fabrication and assembly. These steps produce the following wastes.

The Environmental Cost of Computer Chips
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
February 10th, 1997
Computer chips are made of a solid crystalline material, usually silicon. Semiconductor manufacturing is complex and may require several steps to complete the process, including design, crystal processing, wafer fabrication, final layering and cleaning, and assembly.

The Silicon Principles
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and Campaign for Responsible Technology
February 10th, 1997
Here are the Silicon Principles developed by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and Campaign for Responsible Technology providing a clear definition of a just and sustainable industry.

AIWA San Jose Members Follow Up on Successful Workplace Health and Safety Peer Training
by Sonja Kim and Helen KimAsian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA)
November 1st, 1996
Here you will also find information about Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA), a group organizing for the health and safety of high tech employees.

Media and Globalization
Third World Network
July 1st, 1996
In India for just a week in July 1996, Noam Chomsky gave this interview on media issues.