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Challenging The Chip: The Underbelly of ICT January 11, 2007

Posted by fredericknoronha in India.

Interesting! Despite all the optimism about ICTs, this cannot be ignored! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenging_The_Chip Challenging The Chip From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Main Category: Non-fiction book stubs

Challenging The Chip is a 2006-published book on “labour rights andenvironmental justice in the global electronics industry”. It ispublished by Temple University Press, Philadelphia. In three parts,the book looks at global electronics, environmental justice and labourrighs, and electronic waste and extended producer responsibility.Infour apendices, the book also deals with the principles ofenvironmental justice, the computer take-back campaign, sampleshareholder resolutions, and the electronics recycler’s pledge of truestewardship.

This 357-page book (ISBN 1059213-330-4) was put together by “scores ofpeople around the world (who) have been involved over the course ofseveral years in the conceptualization, development, editing andproduction (of it)”.


* 1 “Downside not addressed”

* 2 Third World women’s labour, pollute surroundings

* 3 Comments on the book

* 4 Regions covered

* 5 Contributors

* 6 Editors

* 7 External links

[edit] “Downside not addressed”

Says an introduction to its contents: “Of the millions of wordswritten over the past several decades about the electronics industry’sincredible transformation of our world, far too few have beenaddressed (to) the downside of this revolution. Many are surprised tolearn that environmental degredation and occupational health hazardsare as much a part of high-tech manufacturing as miniaturization andother such marvels.”

[edit] Third World women’s labour, pollute surroundings

Editors Ted Smith, David A Sonnenfeld and David Naguib Pellow also comment: “Although most consumers are eager to enjoy their latestcomputers, televisions, cellular phones, iPods, and electronic games,few relate the declining prices of these and other electronictechnologies to the labor of Third World women, who are paid pennies aday. Fewer still realize that the amazingly powerful microprocessorsand superminiaturized, high-capacity memory devices harm the workerswho produce them and pollute the sorrounding communities’ air andwater.

[edit] Comments on the book

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, author of the book Living Downstream: AnEcologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment calls this book”essential reading for anyone who owns a cell phone or a computer” andsays “our digital possessions connect us not only to globalinformation but also to global contamination and injustice”. MITProfessor of Technology and Policy and co-author of Technology,Globalization, and Sustainable Development calls the work “animpressive, comprehensive critique and hopeful, but realistic,blueprint for transforming the global electronics industry into asustainable one encompassing technological advance, environmentalimprovement, and equitable, safe, and secure employment”.

Jan Mazurek of the University of California at Los Angeles’sDepartment of Urban Planning and author of Making Microchips says that”contrary to high tech’s clean image, this pioneering work illustratesthe industry’s environmental and economic downsides from thebirthplace of Silicon Valley to the four corners of the globe to whichthe industry recently has spread”. Mazurek comments that this book is”told from the compelling and passionate perspective of workers andactivists involved in these struggles”.

[edit] Regions covered

Chapters of the book cover “Made in China” electronics workers,Thailand’s electronic sector’s corporate social responsibility,electronic workers in India, workers in and around Central and EasternEurope’s semiconductor plants (Russia, Belarus, Slovakia, CzechRepublic, Poland and Romania), Silicon Valley’s Toxics’ Coalition andworkers’ struggles, Mexico, Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science Park, otherissues from Taiwan, high-tech pollution in Japan, the electronic wastetrade, e-waste in Delhi, producer responsibility laws in Sweden andJapan, among other themes.

[edit] ContributorsIts contributors include David A Sonnenfeld, Boy Lüthje, Joseph LaDou,Anibel Ferus-Comelo, Apo Leong, Sanjiv Pandita, Tira Foran, AndrewWatterson, Andrew Watterson, Shengling Chang, Leslie A. Byster, TedSmith,David N. Pellow, Glenna Matthews, James McCourt, Connie García,Amelia Simpson, Raquel E. Partida Rocha, Hua-Mei Chiu, Wen-Ling Tu,Yu-Ling Ku, Robert Steiert, Leslie A. Byster, Ted Smith, FumikazuYoshida, Jim Puckett, Ravi Agarwal, Kishore Wankhade, Chad Raphael,Ted Smith, Ken Geiser, Joel Tickner, Naoko Tojo, David Wood and RobinSchneider.

[edit] Editors

This book is edited by Ted Smith, David A Sonnenfeld and David NaguibPellow, with Leslie A. Byser, Shenglin Chang, Amanda Hawes, Wen-LingTu, and Andrew Watterson. Its foreword is by Jim Hightower.[edit]

External links* Asian Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), Hong Kong* Basel Action Network (BAN), Seattle* Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Amsterdam* Computer TakeBack Campaign (CTBC), California* Enviornmental Health Coalition, California* International Camapign for Responsible Technology, San Jose* International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health* International Metalworkers’ Federation, Geneva* Lowell Centre for Sustainable Production* People Organized in Defence of Eartth and Her Resources (PODER)* Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, SVTC, San Jose* South West Organizing Project, Albuquerque, NM* Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, Albuquerque* Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries, TAVOI, Taipei* Taiwan Environmental Action Network, Taipei City* Texas Campaign for the Environment* Thai Labour Campaigns, Bangkok* Toxics Link, New Delhi* Worksafe! A California Coalition

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