02.28.08

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Week of Corruptions :: Day 4 :: Briberies in Sweden

Posted in ECMA, Europe, Fraud, Microsoft, Open XML at 2:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This is the week when we take a look back at Microsoft's corruptions and repeat them verbatim. Here is our old coverage of the incidents in Sweden.


We saw this in Germany, Colombia, and Portugal (among other nations). Panels are assembled to include just Microsoft partners. The fox watches the hen house.

When a friend of mine arrived, it was clear that it all was stuffing going on from Microsoft side. All Microsoft partners in Sweden was at that meeting. People against OOXML got an offer to leave the meeting without paying the fee (not becoming a member). Everyone left, including IBM that thought it all was a farse.

It’s not the first country that Microsoft “buys” (to use the words of this witness). It has also ‘bought’ Novell, Xandros, and Linspire. In the past, a comment from Sweden warned us that this was bound to happen.

Moments ago we found the following story in the news:

Microsoft to Boost Charity in India

India decided it would vote “No”, so keep a close eye on what they do in September. It could be yet another case of politicians and decision makers being influenced.

Update: more information from Sweden is available thanks to a link from Ola.


It later turned out that Microsoft offered incentives to voters. How many other countries has this happened in?

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4 Comments

  1. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    February 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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    Well, in Portugal something weird happened recently.

    Microsoft is opening an Innovation Center with ISCTE (a public institute) and JP Sá Couto (a hardware supplier).

    Now what’s so interesting about this?

    Microsoft is president of Portuguese CT-173, JP Sá Couto is a member who only showed up to vote for Approval, and there was this “individual” member who is a prominent member of ISCTE.

    http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-42182/coincidence-conflict-of-interest-or-reward

  2. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    February 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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    (…) and there was this “individual” member who is a prominent member of ISCTE who only showed up for some bland general political speeches and then vote for Approval.

  3. Rui Miguel Silva Seabra said,

    February 28, 2008 at 6:06 pm

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    Almost forgot it. And Stephen McGibbon showed that NoOOXML report to “el presidente” saying I called him a “corrupt”. Is my english so bad? :)

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 28, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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    I remember writing about this at the time. I also remember Stephen McGibbon because I wrote about him dozens of time here alone (more elsewhere).

    http://boycottnovell.com/2008/02/19/the-osp-lie-ooxml-bribes/

    Microsoft employees see nothing wrong with voting on Microsoft things, ‘on behalf’ on entire nations. It must be the infinite vanity thing.

    http://boycottnovell.com/index.php?s=portugal+ooxml

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