COMPUTING APARTHEID: The Role of U.S. Computer Companies in South Africa

CIC Brief
by Richard Leonard, Corporate Information Center
New York, New York, United States
June 1978
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
This brief discusses the role of IBM, Burroughs, Control Data, NCR, and Sperry Rand in South Africa in supplying large main-frame computers to South Africa as well as several other companies that sell and service medium and small sized computers. The document describes the Carter administration’s restrictions on computer sales to South Africa that could be used to suppress human rights but points to the enforcement problems of this policy. The document quotes from IBM’s and Control Data’s justifications of their business in South Africa, followed by a critical analysis of their positions. It also reports on recent church stockholder actions against these two companies.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (successor to the Corporate Information Center).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root