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Technologies of Control: Case of Hewlett-Packard

Published on 26 February 2012
A report about the direct involvement of Hewlett Packard (HP) in the occupation. HP is used as a case study to discuss the role of the international and local corporations in Israel's mechanisms of surveillance and control over the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
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The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories is maintained and preserved by daily practices of surveillance and control. In recent years, those practices have been increasingly relying on technological mechanisms provided by international and local corporations. Among those is Hewlett-Packard (HP).


Through its subsidiary EDS Israel, HP is the prime contractor of the Basel system, an automated biometric access control system installed and maintained by HP in checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).


Another control mechanism HP is involved in is Israel's ID card system, which reflects and reinforces its political and economic asymmetries and tiered citizenship structure. HP will manufacture biometric ID cards for the citizens and residents of Israel (Jewish and Palestinians) for the Israeli Ministry of Interior. In addition, HP also provides services and technologies to the Israeli army.


Furthermore, two of HP's technological services providers in Israel are Matrix and its subsidiary, Tact Testware, which are located in the illegal West Bank settlement of Modi'in Illit. HP is also taking part in the "Smart city" project in the illegal West Bank settlement of Ariel, providing a storage system for the settlement's municipality.

 

The full report may be downloaded here.

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