Summary: TEDxChange will be co-hosted by the Gates Foundation, which serves it well having used TED to promote Gates’ own patent agenda earlier this year
“THE Gates Foundation has bought TED,” heralds Gates Keepers. This headline is ambiguous and not most accurate, but that may depend on the interpretation of the word “buy”, which needn’t mean an entire acquisition of physical property. What was bought here is the agenda and the venue; To put it differently:
Now the Gates Foundation has gone and bought TED. It was too good.
Earlier this year a lot of people linked to Gates’ advertisement which he presented in TED. Now he is just hijacking such platforms to use their name for self promotion. From Bill’s Web site: “Please join us on September 20, 2010 for TEDxChange, an event co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. TEDxChange marks the anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals: Ten years in, where do we stand in the work to save and improve lives around the world? And what will the future hold?”
This means that TED receives Gates’ money. What does that say about its present and future integrity? Just watch how MSN-affiliated sites, for example, are already promoting this whole thing. This ought to be antithetical to TED. After all, what makes Gates unique is his attack on sharing, independence, democracy, and freedom (including free software). Gates is a big proponent of artificial scarcity. Speaking of MSN, watch what happens in China right now:
MSN China ‘remarries’
ChinaVision Media Group Ltd, a Hong Kong-listed media firm, will purchase 50 percent stake in MSN China from Shanghai Alliance Investment for about $100 million, a source from the latter confirmed Tuesday.
That has made the ascription of the 50% stake in MSN China more complex. Actually, NetEase.com Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES | PowerRating) is still talking with Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT | PowerRating) over the equity acquisition, according to a person in the know.
Link TV, the largest independent TV broadcaster in the country, is working on a new project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s called ViewChange.org, and it’s a next-generation website that uses the power of video to build a case for better global development initiatives.
It is funded by Gates again. There are also adverts/article like this one which says: “Bill Gates is as good with charity as he is with monopolistic software”