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Here are some online resources for further information about the digital divide, temporary work, and environmental justice and toxics in the workplace.

Plugged In

For more information about Plugged In, the organization featured in the film, and about the digital divide.

Community Technology Center's Network

A trove of information about community technology centers across the United States and some globally. Includes a directory of hundreds of local organizations and background information.

Silicon Valley De-Bug

Raj Jayadev edits an amazing new journalistic venture, an on-line magazine written by high tech temps and young workers in Silicon Valley. Supported by Pacific News Service and its youth magazine "Yo!", Silicon Valley De-Bug brings you the world of work and daily life as seen by young workers confronting the realities of life in the "new economy."

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition provides background on environmental dangers in the high tech industry not only in Silicon Valley, but nationally and worldwide.

Global Arcade

Produced by Tactile Pictures, the creators of this website, Whirledbank and others. Global Arcade includes video games and background information about globalization, toxics in high tech, and workers rights.

The National Alliance for Fair Employment (NAFFE)

The National Alliance for Fair Employment (NAFFE) is a national clearinghouse for information, resources, and organizing for temporary workers, unions, and community organizations.

United for a Fair Economy

United for a Fair Economy is an activist organization that opposes corporate globalization and the growing wealth gap in the United States.

The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers

The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers is actively organizing high tech temps at Microsoft, Amazon, and other high tech companies in Washington State. It is affiliated with the Communication Workers of America.

National Employment Law Project (NELP)

NELP provides invaluable legal research, and analysis on court decisions, legislation, and organizing efforts to deal with temporary work, unemployment, immigration, outsourcing, welfare, domestic violence, and more.

Working Partnerships

Working Partnerships is a research center and community resource for temporary workers in Silicon Valley. Affiliated with the South Bay Labor Council, it has started an independent temp agency that provides health benefits, and it is lobbying local government to adopt a code of conduct for temp agencies.

The 2030 Center in Washington

The 2030 Center in Washington, DC provides resources and advocates on behalf of young working people on issues from social security to temporary work to health care.

Snitow-Kaufman Productions

For more information about Snitow-Kaufman Productions, the producers of "Secrets of Silicon Valley" and their other films, radio productions, etc.

Here are some additional resources about temporary work, the digital divide, and globalization.


Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech

—Paulina Borsook. Public Affairs/Perseus Books, 2000.

A biting commentary on the Orwellian hypocrisy of Silicon Valley doublethink. It blasts the new libertarian ideology that believes that the market is an irresistible and perfect force of nature.

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies

—Naomi Klein. Picador, 2000.

A terrific summary of the issues involved in corporate globalization and branding and the growing opposition coalition of students, environmentalists, artists, and organizers.

One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism, and the End of Economic Democracy

—Thomas Frank. Doubleday, 2000.

An excellent critique of management consultants and the growing ideology of "market populism" in which democracy is viewed only as what consumers do in the marketplace.

The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism

—Richard Sennett. Norton, 1998.

A fascinating exploration of how changes in work and the workplace are undermining community and individual character.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity

—Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel. New Press, 2000.

A sweeping indictment of the American economy’s impact on the majority of people - it goes beyond the analysis of income inequalities to reveal the more startling disparities of accumulated wealth.

Shifting Fortunes: The Perils of the Growing American Wealth Gap

—Chuck Collins, Betsy Leondar-Wright, and Holly Sklar.

United for a Fair Economy, 1999. The facts and analysis activists need to educate and organize for economic and social change.

Walking the Lifelong Tightrope: Negotiating Work in the New Economy of California

—Chris Benner, Bob Brownstein, and Amy Dean.

Working Partnerships USA and Economic Policy Institute, 1999. This groundbreaking study reveals the realities behind the hype, focusing particularly on temp workers at all levels of California’s new economy.

Growing Together, Drifting Apart: Working Families and Business in the New Economy of Silicon Valley

—Chris Benner. Working Partnerships USA and Economic Policy Institute, 1998.

A devastating critique of inequality and regimentation in Silicon Valley.

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