Computers, Work and the Workplace
|Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility|
Computers in the Workplace (initiated by the CPSR/Palo Alto chapter) became a national level project in 1988. The Participatory Design conferences have explored workplace issues since the conference's inception in 1992.
Since then, changes in how work gets done, who does it, and where, have dramatically altered the landscape of work and working life. Trends such as outsourcing and the use of contract and temporary workers have become prevalent while the promise of telecommuting has so far proven to be more hype than substance. Increasingly, workers face the prospect of electronically-monitored workplaces, work which is rigidly automated, jobs which lack security or benefits--or no work at all.
The goal of this resource page is to build upon CPSR's Computers in the Workplace project and the Participatory Design movement.
- Email and Voicemail Policy - Sample policy recommendations for businesses.
- PDC - CPSR's biennial Participatory Design Conference brings people together from all over the world to talk about how involving workers directly in the design of workplace systems improves the eventual product.
- CPU: Working in the Computer Industry - A periodic online newsletter that covers issues involved with working in the computer industry.
- Work, Health & Safety - Computer & Information Technologies Platform - CPSR/Berkeley chapter, 1992 (includes 1996 updates).
- Publ ications list - A list of CPSR publications.
- Monitoring of employees - A guide to your privacy rights in the workplace by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
- Employment background checks - A guide to your rights as a jobseeker by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
- Many Companies Fail to Protect Confidential Employee Data - April 22, 1996, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign News Bureau. Made available by EPIC - Privacy in the Workplace.
- Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace (Stanford University class project) - A useful primer on the various issues involved in workplace monitoring. The bibliography and related links are good resources for further research.
Labor and worker advocacy
- "Day 2" organizing committee of customer service workers at Amazon.com
- ACLU/Workplace Rights - American Civil Liberties Union.
- LaborNet - LaborNet is a forum on the non-profit, progressive IGC network.
- Working Today - An advocacy organization for self-employed, contract, temporary and freelance workers. Members are entitled to discounts for health benefits and other services.
- Computers & Health - An extensive web site devoted to health, saftey and ergonomic issues of computer use in the work environment. Features an illustrated primer on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- CTD NewsOnline (Workplace & Ergonomic Safety) - The online version of the CTDNews newsletter published by the Center for Workplace Health.
- Pacific Northwest Telecommuting Advisory Council - Telecommuting Links
- Smart Valley Telecommuting Guide
This page is currently maintained by Randy Trigg. Comments, suggestions and pointers to non-commercial resources are welcome.
Last updated on August 4, 2004
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Created before October 2004