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09.07.11

Cablegate: Microsoft Uses Drug Addicts in Ski Lanka to Spread Microsoft, Liaises with American Chamber of Commerce to Change Laws (Updated)

Posted in America, Microsoft, Patents at 6:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cablegate

Summary: Colonisation in Ski Lanka using Microsoft and the American Chamber of Commerce, who make the poor country dependent on American rules and proprietary/non-free software from America

IN THE FOLLOWING promotional Cablegate cable (remember that these are US officials in foreign countries), Microsoft is described as using miserable people to spawn new ‘microdrones’, i.e. people whose main skill is serving the Microsoft monopoly, with supposed knowledge in “computers” (Windows). The same type of thing is done to turn teachers in Ski Lanka into 'microdrones' and last but not least, the abhorrent front group known as Chamber of Commerce helps Microsoft change Ski Lanka’s law to be more in alignment with the conqueror, the United States. This is consistent with what we have seen in other countries; the embassies and consulates use Microsoft to expand their empire and made foreign countries assimilated even when it is against their interests (e.g. being dependent on proprietary software from another country). Here is the promotional cable:


VZCZCXRO5985
RR RUEHBI RUEHLMC
DE RUEHLM #0852/01 1660321
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 150321Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6272
INFO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 1098
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA 0208
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 7191
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU 5298
RUEHKP/AMCONSUL KARACHI 2204
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI 7777
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI 5437
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 2130
RUEHC/DEPT OF LABOR WASHDC
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
RUEHLMC/MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000852 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EEB/EPPD NSMITH-NISSLEY AND SCA/INS 
DOL/ILAB FOR TINA MCCARTER 
MCC FOR S. GROFF, D. TETER, D. NASSIRY AND E. BURKE 
TREASURY FOR LESLIE HULL 
GENEVA PASS USTR 
 
FOR EEB ASSISTANT SECRETARY SULLIVAN FROM AMBASSADOR BLAKE 
 
E.O 12958: N/A 
TAGS:  ECON, BEXP, ETRD, ELAB, KSEP, SENV, AMGT, CE 
SUBJECT:  SRI LANKA - NOMINATION OF MICROSOFT FOR CORPORATE 
EXCELLENCE AWARD 
 
REF: A) STATE 47222 B) COLOMBO 754 
 
1.  I am pleased to nominate Microsoft-Sri Lanka for the Secretary's 
Award for Corporate Excellence in the multinational enterprise 
category.  While meeting all eligibility requirements for this 
award, Microsoft-Sri Lanka has demonstrated outstanding corporate 
citizenship by enabling reformed drug addicts to obtain better jobs 
through information and communication technology (IT) training.  It 
has helped contribute to the advancement of Sri Lanka's scientific 
and technology policies by conducting seminars for developing 
IT-enhanced curricula and counseling students in their career paths. 
 Microsoft-Sri Lanka has contributed to rule of law by sponsoring an 
intellectual property rights (IPR) training program for judicial 
officials. 
 
CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP:  EXPANDING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND 
OBJECTIVES OF EX-DRUG ADDICTS 
 
2.  In 2005-06, Microsoft-Sri Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka 
Anti Narcotics Association (SLANA) to attempt to integrate ex-drug 
users back into society, by providing them with IT skills to 
facilitate employability.  Microsoft donated $113,000 to help SLANA 
set up three centers and directly train 400 people.  This project is 
designed to positively influence over 1,500 people over two years. 
The plan has already begun working.  A 25-year old former heroin 
addict wrote that the program "made me realize that I could pursue 
numerous avenues...I further understood what I could do with the 
support of new technology."  A 20-year old ex-drug user who 
completed the program wrote, "I realized that there is a world 
beyond drugs.  [The program] exposed me to many things I could do in 
life.  It also created a special interest in computers." 
 
CONTRIBUTING TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL 
POLICIES:  CURRICULUM REDESIGN AND IT TRAINING; PROMOTING IT CAREER 
OPPORTUNITIES 
 
3.  Sri Lanka has identified IT as a potential growth sector, and 
seeks to encourage its growth.  In Sri Lanka, mainly upper-class 
urban residents have access to the Internet, while rural communities 
are left without IT training or access - tools that are essential 
for economic advancement in today's world.  In 2004-05, 
Microsoft-Sri Lanka provided a grant of $110,000 to set up 12 
telecenters island-wide, to enable rural youth to access IT and to 
receive training.  Microsoft estimates that the grant has trained 
3,500 young people, and affected the lives of an additional 10,000 
people. 
 
4.  In 2006, Microsoft-Sri Lanka urged and coordinated with other IT 
companies, including IBM, HP, IDM, and Suntel, to contribute to the 
development of four rural IT projects.  This practice has evolved 
into a Global Best Practice for Microsoft, which has adopted it in 
over a dozen countries within the past year. 
 
5. Microsoft-Sri Lanka also identified the need to reduce "fear of 
technology" among Sri Lanka's teachers. The company, together with 
the Ministry of Education, launched the National Teacher PC Drive, 
aimed at enabling 50,000 teachers to own PCs. It provided several 
subsidies for this initiative, including provision of free training 
to any teacher who buys a PC, and free lesson plans.  Approximately 
6,900 teachers have received this training delivered by the company, 
in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.  This represents a 
total classroom size of approximately 332,000 students. 
 
6. Microsoft-Sri Lanka co-sponsored with USAID/Sri Lanka a job fair 
in June 2007.  The fair featured prominent Sri Lankan local and 
internationally based businesses, seminars on applying for jobs and 
where opportunities lie in the job market, and counseling services 
on how to interview and which technical fields are most appropriate 
for the skills of the students.  One of the 900 student participants 
commented that this job fair provided him with more knowledge and 
practical experience about the job market than all of his years of 
education combined. 
 
COLOMBO 00000852  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
CONTRIBUTING TO RULE OF LAW:  JUDICIAL TRAINING IN INTELLECTUAL 
PROPERTY LAWS 
 
7. Microsoft-Sri Lanka partnered with the local American Chamber of 
Commerce in a multi-pronged intellectual property rights campaign. 
In addition to its non-publicized financial contributions to a 
public-awareness component of the campaign, Microsoft staff 
conducted training on Sri Lanka's Intellectual Property Act and the 
importance of IPR enforcement for judiciary staff who rule on 
intellectual property rights cases.  One American Chamber of 
Commerce member reported a significant increase in the size of fines 
imposed on IPR violators following the training.  Due to the success 
of this program, Microsoft executives have expressed interest in 
supporting continuing training programs within the court system. 
Additionally, the Embassy requested funding (Ref B) to support 
continuation of this program. 
 
BLAKE 


When they write “IT TRAINING” and “IT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES” they actually refer to helping Microsoft.

Update: The same US-backed, self-congratulatory ‘honour’ can be seen emerging in Brazil as well. it’s very promotional and they also use kids for their marketing. One cable (advertisement) goes like this:



VZCZCXRO8659
PP RUEHRG
DE RUEHBR #1131/01 1691742
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 181742Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY BRASILIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9268
INFO RUEHSO/AMCONSUL SAO PAULO 0161
RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO 4605
RUEHRG/AMCONSUL RECIFE 6823
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BRASILIA 001131 
 
SIPDIS 
 
EB/CBA FOR SMITH-NISSLEY 
RM FOR PINEDA 
WHA/EPSC FOR SALAZAR 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON, BEXP, ELAB, ETRD, BR 
SUBJECT: AMEMBASSY BRASILIA NOMINATES FORD AND MICROSOFT BRAZIL FOR 
THE SECRETARY'S 2007 CORPORATE EXCELLENCE AWARD (MULTINATIONAL 
ENTERPRISE CATEGORY) 
 
 
1.  (U)  Based upon their leadership and commitment to corporate 
social responsibility (CSR), Ambassador Sobel nominates the U.S. 
multinational companies Ford and Microsoft Brazil, as 
representatives of the 50 U.S. multinational companies that support 
the U.S. Embassy Brazil CSR Initiative, for the Secretary's 2007 
Corporate Excellence Award. 
 
2. (U)  Begin Text of Award Nomination 
 
In October 2006, the U.S. Ambassador, together with Microsoft, Ford, 
and a select group of American companies founded a U.S. Mission 
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, aimed at 
leveraging the assets of U.S. companies doing business in Brazil. 
This initiative, which has expanded and now brings together 50 U.S. 
companies, has focused on encouraging CSR partnerships and joint 
investments while increasing the visibility and recognition of U.S. 
development efforts overseas.  It has shown that partnerships have 
the power to increase both the effectiveness and efficiency of 
public and private sector development assistance. 
 
This whole effort began when the U.S. Mission in Brazil sponsored a 
CSR roundtable, in conjunction with 31 U.S. companies in Brazil and 
the Sao Paulo American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).  That 
represented the first step towards the development of an innovative 
Public/Private-based model for corporate social responsibility. 
However, none of this would have been possible without the 
commitment of the movement's principal private sector leaders:  both 
Microsoft and Ford Brazil.  These two companies chair initiative's 
two main committees: visibility (Ford) and partnership (Microsoft). 
Accordingly, the Ambassador nominates the U.S. multinational 
companies Ford and Microsoft Brazil, representing the group of the 
50 U.S. multinational companies that currently support this 
initiative.  Their exemplary efforts in guiding this group have been 
key to making this campaign a best practice to be replicated 
worldwide. 
 
-------------------------- ----------------------------- 
Corporate Citizenship and Exemplary Employment Practices 
-------------------------- ------------------------------ 
The group of 50 companies sponsors a wealth of social responsibility 
projects, in such diverse fields as education, the environment, and 
health.  Combined annual investments are estimated at $250 million 
(cash) and another $250 million in in-kind contributions. 
Additionally, 48 of these companies support a volunteer network of 
over 100,000 individuals.  Their 200+ projects benefit all of the 26 
Brazilian states and the country's Federal District. 
 
Specifically, the group has: 
 
-- Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the AmCham to promote 
employment of "Youth Ambassadors" - a U.S. Embassy-funded program 
targeting young leaders from low income families/schools across the 
country that has produced outstanding results.  Over fifteen 
companies are now in the process of hiring several Youth 
Ambassadors. 
 
-- Collaborated in the establishment of the U.S.-Brazil Higher 
Education Program, yet another example of the power of partnerships. 
 This program, jointly funded by Ford, Microsoft, and the USG, aims 
at revitalizing vocational education.  This effort has been welcomed 
by the Government of Brazil's Ministry of Education and is already 
serving as a model of how industries and governments can cooperate 
to meet social and economic needs in a sustainable way. 
 
--  Sponsored a highly-regarded speech/media event, featuring noted 
economist Jeffrey Sachs, for companies participating in the 
initiative.  We have invited Microsoft CEO Bill Gates as the next 
speaker. 
 
Several other activities are currently being designed under the CSR 
Initiative and will be launched soon.  These include: 
 
--  the design of a CSR Challenge Fund, which will combine USG and 
private sector resources for programs in youth employability, 
entrepreneurship, and the environment; 
 
--  the development of a CSR Best Practices Catalogue; 
 
--  a survey of member companies on their individual CSR activities 
and willingness to partner with the Mission and others  (this series 
of surveys resulted in a matrix of CSR activities by member 
companies); 
 
--  a volunteer day during which Consulate Sao Paulo personnel can 
participate in community activities (planned for July 2007); and 
 
BRASILIA 00001131  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
--  a CSR Workshop, which would bring together the 50 member 
companies with speakers from local/international institutions such 
as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kellogg Foundation. 
 
------------------------- ------------------------------- 
Contribution to the Overall Growth and Development of the Local 
Economy. 
-------------------------- ------------------------------ 
Member companies are highly committed to the development of the 
Brazilian economy. 
 
--  the group of 50 directly employs an estimated 1 million 
workers; 
 
--  they lead several value chains in Brazil across the entire 
economy; 
 
--  the combined annual income of this group is estimated at US$100 
billion; 
 
--  their presence in Brazil is on average 50 years.  Companies like 
Ford have been responsible for the development of an entire 
industry; 
 
--  newcomers such as Microsoft have taken the lead in key areas 
such as education. 
 
Many of these companies have established policies to promote 
minority suppliers, and the group is working towards 
institutionalizing the following new activities: 
 
--  the implementation of a minority suppliers development program. 
This work will be launched in August during the visit of the head of 
the American Minority Suppliers Development project. 
 
--  there are several ongoing initiatives related to responsible 
sourcing, including a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and 
Wal-Mart to source fair-trade coffee from Brazilian small farmers. 
 
-- In addition, work is proceeding on the design of an innovative 
minority suppliers development program focusing on cooperatives of 
people living with HIV. 
--------------------------- ------------------------- 
Development of Competitive and Innovative Activities 
--------------------------- ------------------------- 
Other group activities aimed at fostering competitiveness and 
innovation include: 
 
--  the development of a report to measure the combined social and 
economic impact of the CSR projects supported by the U.S. corporate 
sector in Brazil; 
 
--  planning for a joint volunteer day to take place in August 2007; 
 
 
--  the design of a public outreach web site within the U.S. Embassy 
Brasilia portal; and 
 
--  various CSR-related meetings and planning sessions  to take 
place in CY 2007. 
 
End Text of Award Nomination 
 
Sobel 



Here is another bit of promotion of the company from around the same time in Hanoi. Watch how US diplomats serve as Microsoft de facto PR agents:




VZCZCXRO8620
RR RUEHHM
DE RUEHHI #1451 2251734
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 131734Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6089
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 3526
UNCLAS HANOI 001451 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EAP/MLS AND EEB/EPPD NSMITH-NISSLEY 
USDOC FOR 4431/MAC/AP/OPB/VLC/HPPHO 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: AMGT, BEXP, ECON, ELAB, ETRD, KSEP, SENV 
SUBJECT:  DUE DILIGENCE: MICROSOFT 2007 AWARD FOR CORPORATE 
EXCELLENCE 
 
REF: STATE 109403 
 
1. (SBU) Could there possibly be any downside or embarrassment 
caused by the selection of your post's nominee? 
 
Embassy Vietnam is not aware of any information that might prove 
embarrassing to Post, to the U.S. Department of State, or to the USG 
with regard to the nomination of Microsoft for this award. 
 
2. (SBU) Do you have any information concerning job creation in the 
United States resulting from the operations of the company you 
nominated? 
 
Microsoft had 20,561 employees in 1996.  In 2007, the company 
employs over 76,000 employees worldwide with 46,700 employees in the 
United States.  Microsoft is a leading software developer whose 
bread and butter is its intellectual property.  By expanding its 
activities in Vietnam, it is promoting the export of U.S.-origin 
product, which creates jobs, directly and indirectly, in the United 
States.  Just recently, Microsoft concluded an agreement with the 
Government of Vietnam (GVN) under which government offices will buy 
legitimate software from Microsoft for hundreds of thousands of 
computers.  While this means a direct increase in sales for the 
company, Microsoft's success has wider implications for all U.S. IPR 
interests because it shows the GVN can improve the situation for IPR 
when there is political will. 
 
3. (SBU) What is your assessment of the company's trade and 
investment activities with regard to helping stimulate economic 
growth in the U.S. and increasing American exports 
(what is the U.S. content of its products)? 
 
In 2006, Microsoft earned $12.6 billion on global revenues of $44.28 
billion.  Microsoft is the world's leading software developer with 
products such as Microsoft Office, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. 
Founded in 1975, Microsoft has played a major role in establishing 
the global dominance of the U.S. software and information technology 
sectors. 
 
4. (SBU) What is the state of labor conditions in the company's 
facilities and are workers unionized? 
 
Labor conditions are generally excellent for Microsoft Asia Pacific 
employees.  Microsoft Vietnam employees are nonunion.  The company 
has low employee turnover, pays high wages (typically $1000-$1500 
per month for a mid-level manager), and has employee benefits that 
include health insurance, education reimbursement, and work/life 
balance considerations. 
 
5. (SBU) Are you aware of any litigation pending in local courts 
involving the company? 
 
Post is not aware of any Microsoft-related litigation pending in 
local courts. 
 
6. (SBU) Please confirm that the Chief of Mission and others 
involved in the nominating process do not hold shares of stock or 
have other financial interests in the company. 
 
Neither the Chief of Mission nor others involved in the nominating 
process hold shares of Microsoft stock or have other financial 
interests in the company. 
 
MARINE 


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