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Computer People for Peace

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Computer People for Peace
Formation1968; 56 years ago (1968)
Dissolved1974; 50 years ago (1974)
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
200 at the most

The Computer People for Peace (CPP) was an activist organization active in the technology industry from 1968 to 1974.[1]

The CPP had its roots in the anti-war movement of the 60s. Its founders included Joan Greenbaum.[2] Outside the anti-war movement, CPP was against “the use of computer information systems as a means of social control”, “corporate racism” and “the role of automation on rising unemployment.”, among other issues.[1] They intermittently published a newsletter called "Interrupt" until at least March 1973.[3]

In 1969 they posted bail for one of the Panther 21, Sundiata Acoli, in NYC.[2][4]

In 1972 Computer People for Peace addressed Congress about the need to protect citizens from the potential misuse of computer technology.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gaillot, Ann-Derrick. "Remembering the '70s activist group that tried to save us from the tech industry". The Outline.
  2. ^ a b "Mainframe, Interrupted: Joan Greenbaum on the Early Days of Tech Worker Organizing". Logic Magazine.
  3. ^ "Computer People for Peace". eli.naeher.name.
  4. ^ Wahad, Dhoruba Bin; Joseph, Jamal; Odinga, Sekou; Abu-Jamal, Mumia (June 5, 2017). Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions. PM Press. ISBN 9781629634074.
  5. ^ "Federal data banks, computers, and the Bill of Rights :hearings ... Ninety-second Congress, first session". HathiTrust. Washington.