IBM and apartheid reperations


If you’ve been following the events surrounding the ongoing saga of apartheid reparations and the recent turnaround in South African government policy which had previously blocked the action, then you’ll probably want some background on the IBM story. Back in 1990 I wrote a letter to a technogeek science fiction magazine that had just launched on the West Coast, complaining about the way anti-apartheid activists were being targeted by American technology in particular the computers produced by well known US companies.

The publication was called Mondo 2000, and the letter was carried in issue 2 of the magazine which achieved a cult following before being sidelined by Wired. After years of calling for reparations for apartheid victims, I am happy to say my correspondence has paid off. Look forward to seeing a lot more about this topic as the case progresses in US courts.

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