Access Trumps Internet Ownership Concerns

Recent estimates show the number of Internet users verged on the 2 billion threshold in the second half of 2010. Several issues arise around the implications of this user penetration, but as a result of recent political events, perhaps the most sensitive factor many are now considering worldwide is the ownership — perceived or real…

Intel’s Thunderbolt Could Shock the Computing Market

{complink 2657|Intel Corp.} has released the Thunderbolt connector technology, with {complink 379|Apple Inc.} the first OEM to implement it. Originally codenamed Light Peak, this latest technology is designed for faster media transfer and simplified connections between devices. Thunderbolt combines both optical and electrical technology. It consists of controllers, one at each end (PC and peripheral…

NEC ‘Opens the Kimono’ to Third-Party Auditors

{complink 3638|NEC Corp.} deserves credit for opening itself up to a third-party audit of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, including the health and safety of the workers within its extensive supply chain. The 2010 audit was conducted by the International Institute for Human, Organization, and the Earth (IIHOE), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting…

Dell’s Standards for Labor Practices

In its report on corporate responsibility, Dell Inc. says it uses the electronics industry's EICC Code of Conduct to ensure high work standards and ethical behavior. This is the same guideline Hewlett-Packard uses, in part, to measure worker safety and fair labor practices among its business partners. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and NEC are among the companies…

How HP Assesses Offshore Labor Conditions

Apple Inc. has been under scrutiny for its self-audit of labor conditions within the factories of its foreign manufacturing partners.(See: What Did Apple’s Supply Chain Audit Uncover? Part 1 and How Will Apple Fix Its Supply Chain Problems? Part 2.) Other major OEMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and NEC have also been cited by third-party…